Latin Name: Shepherdia argentea
Native Range: Canadian Prairie Provinces, United States Northern Great Plains.
Seed Source: Buffaloberry shelterbelt, near Indian Head Saskatchewan.
Height and Spread: 4m x 2m (10 years).
Overview: Buffaloberry is a wonderful plant recognized by many as one of the most nutritional berries in the plant kingdom. Seeds produce a mix of male and female plants.
Fruits: A red drupe-like achene 3 to 6mm long.
SEED TREATMENT / SOWING
Stratification: Stratify in moist sand (10% moisture) for 90 days at 5°C.
Ideal sowing time: Non-pretreated seed in outdoors in late September, Stratified seed in spring
Sowing instructions: Outdoor seedbed - Sow 1 cm deep and 50 seeds/meter; Greenhouse - sow 3 seeds per cell 1 cm deep.
Growing conditions: Requires full sunlight; does not tolerate shade. It is a nitrogen fixer, extremely hardy and adapted to low quality, dry soils. Excellent for farmstead, intercropping, reclamation, Eco-Buffers and wildlife habitat plantings. This seed strain was bred and developed specifically for temperate agroforestry.
Buffaloberry is an excellent choice for farmstead, intercropping, reclamation and wildlife habitat plantings. This seed strain was bred and developed specifically for temperate agroforestry. Buffaloberry stabilizes eroding soil, contributes nitrogen and provides wildlife valuable cover particularly upland game birds. Female plants can be used for fruit production.