Foamberry Soapberry (Shepherdia canadensis)

Common names:
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Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Moderately alkaline (7.9 – 8.4)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 5b
Plant Height: 6 to 12 feet, to 20 feet
Plant Spread: 6 to 12 feet, to 15 feet
Leaves: Glaucous
Deciduous
Fruit: Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Summer
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Cooked
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Bees
Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Dioecious
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
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Date: 2012-05-19Credit NPS Jacob W. Frank
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Aug 8, 2018 2:38 PM

This species is mostly native to western Canada and parts of Alaska, plus down the Rocky Mountains to northern Mexico, some spots in the Northern Plains, and areas around the Great Lakes, then spots in New England to Newfoundland. I've seen it in books but I have never seen it myself so far. Buffaloberry is a member of the Elaeagnaceae, the Russian-Olive Family. It also has opposite, silvery foliage of leaves to about 2 inches long that get a rusty purple fall colour. The pointed buds are red-brown and looking naked, as without scales. It bears tiny, yellowish, bell-shaped flowers in mid-April to early May that are either male (staminate) or female (pistillate) on each plant. The female plants bear yellow to red translucent ovoid cherry-like berries in summer. The fruit is edible for humans and liked by birds, small mammals, and bears. It produces deep fibrous lateral roots that make it hard to transplant, and it fixes nitrogen into the soil. It is not recommended for neat landscapes, but for tough cold sites of dry, alkaline soils as around highways, and it is resistant to salt.

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