Shepherdia canadensis

Soapberry/ Buffaloberry

Buffaloberry is a native, deciduous, nitrogen-fixing shrub. The leaves are opposite, oval, two to six centimeters long, dark greenish on upper surface with whitish silvery hairs and rusty brown spots on the under surface. The flowers are small, yellowish or brownish, male and female flowers on separate shrubs. The fruits are red or yellowish and are fleshy and edible but almost tasteless or bitter.

Height: 3-10 feet

Sun Requirements: Full sun to part shade

Water Requirements: Adaptable from dry to moist conditions

Flowers: Showy yellow flowers in April to May

Special Tolerances: Drought tolerant