Shepherdia argentea
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Shepherdia argentea

silver buffaloberry
buffalo cherry
Nebraska currant

  family elaeagnaceae 
  genus shepherdia 

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Genus  Shepherdia Species  argentea Variety  Cultivar  Common names  silver buffaloberry   buffalo cherry   Nebraska currant Family  ELAEAGNACEAE Specimen number  S10406 Data source  GrUnFr p58;Xeri p303;Xeri p301
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Deciduous Stature  Shrub Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  6' - 12' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Dry Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  USDA zones 02a-10b AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Shepherdia argentea can survive the coldest of winter climates with annual temperatures as low as -50� Fahrenheit. It usually does best in dry soils. Silver buffaloberry (also known as buffalo cherry and Nebraska currant) can survive for a while without water.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  yes Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  The berries are oval shaped and scarlet colored. It has a taste of grapes and red currant. Shepherdia argentea if frequently used in jelly.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method  Dioecious Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Jelly Nutritional value  Edible parts  Berries Description of edible parts oval shaped and scarlet colored Flavor / texture  has a taste of grapes and red currant
Horticulture notes  Because Shepherdia argentea is dioecious, both a male and a female of the species are needed for proper pollination. Silver buffaloberry (in some places called buffalo cherry and Nebraska currant) is thought to originate from North America.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Shepherdia argentea is a woody perennial. Silver buffaloberry (locally known in some parts as buffalo cherry and Nebraska currant) is deciduous in nature.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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