Russet Buffaloberry (Shepherdia canadensis)

Shrub that grows from 3 to 8 feet tall and equally as tall. Grows best in dry to moist soils, even tolerating very poor soil. Can withstand full sun, partial shade, and shade. Native with small yellow flowers that bloom in the spring, followed by small red berries, and silvery foliage.


Deciduous shrub growing from 3 to 8 feet tall. Russet Buffaloberry has dark green and silver foliage, spring-blooming, small yellow flowers, and small red berries. The flowers attract bees. The fruit is fleshy and edible, however, they are very bitter; commonly referred to as Soapberries. While the berries taste soapy to humans, grouse, bears, and rabbits love to graze on them. Prefers partial shade and dry soils. It is able to survive in nutrient-poor soils thanks to its nitrogen fixing ability.

Additional information

Scientific Name

Shepherdia canadensis


Elaeagnus canadensis, Lepargyrea canadensis

Common Names

Russet Buffaloberry, Rabbitberry

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