color: White, insignificant
Bloom time: June
Fruit: Clusters of red fruit in August
Size: 6' to 10' tall and wide
Shape: Upright, mounded shrub
Uses: Shrub border, hedge, screen or naturalistic
planting. Attracts birds.
Hardiness: Zones 2-8
Native: to much of North America
Silver Buffalo Berry has attractive silver-green foliage and bark
and produces lots of orange-red fruits that are edible by
people and sought after by birds. The fruits make an excellent
jelly. Buffalo Berry is a great native plant substitute for
the invasive exotic plants, 'Autumn Olive' and 'Russian Olive'. Buffalo Berry is a "dioecious" plant, meaning
that there are both male and female plants. So, both a male and
female plant are needed for the fruits to form on the female
plant. Buffalo Berry is a thorny shrub with upright, mounded growth.
The thorns provide excellent protection for nesting birds.
It's also a Xeriscape plant, tolerating extreme drought, cold
and alkaline conditions. This is one tough plant that grows
from the Mojave Desert in the southwest to Alaska in the north.
Buffalo Berry is not bothered by insects or disease and it's super easy to grow. Our plants are unsexed, so to increase the chances of fruit,
plant more than one plant. To see photos of the male and female
flowers, visit Colin's
What you'll receive:
2-year, field-grown plants with 12 to 18-inch long stems and
shipped bareroot (no soil or pot)
and dormant (no foliage). Learn more about
Shipping: $0-$75=$12.00, $75.01-$125=$15, $125.01-$200=$20, >$200=10% of total. Shipped UPS Ground in
spring from early April through mid May.
Grows best in full sun in average garden soil. Can tolerate
alkaline soil and dry conditions once established. Space 3
to 4-feet apart. Prune in late winter to desired shape and
size. This plant fixes its own nitrogen through nodules in
its roots, so you don't need to add nitrogen fertilizer once
it's full grown. Easy to grow.
What's a "bareroot" plant?
is a term that describes how a plant is shipped to you. A
bareroot plant is not in a pot, and is usually dormant (not
actively growing). See the photo to the right that shows what
a bareroot rose looks like. The bareroot plants that we ship
to you were harvested in the fall and placed in cold storage
over the winter to keep them dormant. In the spring, we ship
the bareroot plants to our customers, from early April through
Bareroot plants are easy to grow. We include planting instructions
with your order. When you receive your plant, take it out
of the packing material and place it in a bucket of water
so that the roots are completely covered. Let the roots soak
for 4 to 24 hours, then plant it in your garden. Full planting
instructions with photos are available on our planting