Silver Buffaloberry – Shepherdia argentea
Canada Buffaloberry – Shepherdia Canadensis
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.
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