Buffaloberry

 

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Buffaloberry – Shepherdia canadensis 

General: Medium-sized shrub, bark is greyish to brown and covered in rusty specks. Typically found in deciduous or sometimes coniferous forests on gentle to moderate slopes.

Leaves: opposite, thick ovals with smooth edges. Dark green on top and hairy below. Hairs are mostly white with rusty-coloured tips.

Flowers: very small, appear before the leaves in spring. Four pointy petals that are yellow on top and rusty polka-dotted on the bottom.

Fruits: bright red round berries which are edible but very bitter.

Reclamation Notes: Found naturally on sites with medium moisture and medium to poor nutrients. Buffaloberry is capable of nitrogen fixation and can therefore do well on sites with coarse textured soils and poor nutrients. Important fall forage for Grizzly Bears. Success reported with full transplants.

Buffaloberry Underside of Leaf             Buffaloberry Bark

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14511-82 Ave

Edmonton AB

T5R 3R7