Buffaloberry

Posted by shane - December 21, 2010 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs - No Comments

Buffaloberry

Silver Buffaloberry – Shepherdia argentea

Canada Buffaloberry – Shepherdia Canadensis

Buffaloberry

Buffaloberry

These are attractive landscape shrubs that are infrequently planted.  They are slow-growing, short-lived species, and I have only encountered a few specimens around the 40 year old range, and these were heavily decayed and in decline.  Buffaloberry shrubs are very low maintenance.

Pruning Time: Dormancy is ideal.  Basic dead-wooding and structural pruning can be done anytime, provided you do not have to remove more than 10% of the canopy.

Structure:  Train as open-centered shrubs.  Remove crossing and rubbing branches.

Health: Remove deadwood every season or two for great-looking shrubs.  These shrubs can endure hot, dry sites, with poor soil conditions.

Renovation: Buffaloberry shrubs readily sucker and entire shrubs can be renovated to about 4” above grade in late winter.

(c) 2010 Shane LePage, Wild Rose Garden & Tree Service Inc., Red Deer, AB