Shepherdia Argentea (Silver Buffaloberry)

(1 customer review)


The Buffaloberry, sometimes called a Bullberry, is a real reclamation champ. It is wickedly adaptable to poor soil types, drought-tolerant, excellent at erosion control, and quite sturdy in high winds. Since it even grows in zones 3-9 it is commonly used in reclamation projects.

The Buffaloberry is a deciduous small tree/ tall shrub that naturally forms an 8-14ft tall thicket which many enjoy as a natural windbreak, hedge, or privacy fence. It does produce suckers which can mean your thicket will continue to expand or you may choose to cut out the new growth.

This hardy shrub tolerates soil that most plants considered infertile because it has a unique ability to fix and assimilate atmospheric nitrogen. This means that this plant not only does well in dry, moderately alkaline, and saline soils but it is actually a soil-fixer! (Grows in soil PH 5.5-8.) Although drought-tolerant once established it does prefer moist, well-draining soils or regular watering in dry areas. It also loves full sun but will tolerate part shade.

In addition to being a soil-fixing rockstar, the female species produces berries that are popular for jam-making humans and hungry backyard birds. These leafy shrubs may entice some deer but they tend to only graze and not damage this thorny shrub.

Fun fact: The Buffaloberry is dioecious (Greek for “two households”) which means each tree/shrub is uniquely male or female. So, if you want baby trees or berries for jam and birds, make sure to order several to improve your odds of receiving at least one male and one female tree.


Colorado Hardy Plants are just that… hardy! We have sought out plant varieties that provide low maintenance, use little or no water once established, and are simply hardy enough to grow where others don’t.

We grow and ship our plants in 5″ or quart-size (in certain varieties) plastic containers. Knowing that the root system is the most important part of the plant we guarantee. our plants to have a large root system that fills the container.

CHP is a small family operation! We propagate, pot, water, prune, and personally package the plants you order from us. Most of our plants are grown from cuttings taken from the plants or seeds collected nearby the nursery at an elevation of 6300 ft. Our weather is extreme with temps below 0 are common in the winter and intense sunlight all summer long. We don’t grow plants in heated greenhouses, they have to be able to survive the elements!

Please note that deciduous plants ordered in the winter months and early spring will have been pruned a minimum of 30% compared to photos and may have no leaves

Our nursery is also licensed and inspected by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Nursery Division and holds a current Japanese Beetle Certificate. We only ship USPS Priority Mail, so your plants are sure to arrive quickly. You’ll note in our feedback that our shipping process is a sight to behold. We love our customers so please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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1 review for Shepherdia Argentea (Silver Buffaloberry)

  1. Cindy

    Received very healthy plants. Live in Michigan with very harsh winters. Sounds like a good specimen for our weather. The plants were very well packaged. Received in perfect shape. Very recommended! Going to try their roses next.

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