Silver buffaloberry is a thorny shrub that suckers freely to form a dense, irregular hedge. Highly adaptable, silver buffaloberry grows best on moist, well-drained sites, but is also drought tolerant and will grow in moderately saline soil. Furthermore, it is tolerant of infertile soils due to its ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen. Best growth occurs in full sun, but it will also grow in part shade.
Silver buffaloberry gets its name from its small silver-grey leaves. Branches and branch ends are armed with sharp, spike-like thorns. Separate male and female plants bear inconspicuous flowers, followed by red, sour fruit (female plants only) ripening in August and persisting until winter.
In farmyard shelterbelts, plant it as the outside row. Mixed with other species, silver buffaloberry supplies food and shelter for a variety of birds and other wildlife. The persistent fruit is particularly valuable as a winter food source. In addition, the flowers are an early source of nectar and pollen for bees and other insects.
|Potential Height||1.5 m|
|Potential Spread||1.2 m|
|Light||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Ship Date||May 2021|