Soil: Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 8-12 feet
Bloom Color: Yellow. Berries are red.
Bloom Season: April – May
Suggested Uses: Silver Buffaloberry is a large, beautiful, early-blooming shrub with silvery foliage. It tolerates drought and poor soils. It is a great shrub for erosion-prone areas. The berries are an excellent food source for many bird species. Forms very thorny thickets. Not generally recommended for home landscaping. It is similar in appearance to the highly invasive Russian Olive – make sure you are confident in your ID of Russian Olives before removing them!
Native Range: Native to the western edge of Minnesota and throughout the Great Plains.
Pollinators: Honeybees and bumblebees. Birds will enjoy the berries.
Flowers: Flowers are small (about 1/4″ across) and dusty yellow. Bright red berries follow.
Leaves: Leaves are opposite, about 1.5″ long and 0.5″ wide with a silvery appearance.
More information: USDA plant profile