The Q&A Archives: Buffalo Berry

Question: We have 2 Buffalo Berry Shrubs that are at least 5 years old. They seem to be stunted-very little new growth and no berries (for wildlife). What can you tell me about them?

Answer: Buffaloberry is Shepherdia argentea, a deciduous shrub growing about 6' tall, with spine-tipped branchlets and longish, oval leaves. It's a tough shrub and will withstand heat, cold and drought. In order to have berries you'll need both a female and a male plant. If your shrubs have never had berries, you'll need a third shrub (of the right gender!). If they've borne fruit in previous years, they may just need a little pruning to encourge production of new flowering wood.

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