roundleaf buffaloberry Elaeagnaceae Shepherdia
|Leaf: Simple, alternate, evergreen, round, 1/2 to 1 inch long, with entire edges that curve strongly under (almost cupping), leathery, silvery green due to numerous silver-white scales, densely covered in white woolly scales below.
Flower: Species is dioecious; light yellow, inconspicuous, appearing in the spring.
Fruit: A gray red, drupe-like, juicy achene, 1/3 to 1/2 inch long and somewhat elongated, generally with a few silvery scales and woolly, ripen in mid to late summer and often occur in great abundance.
Twig: Slender and densely covered in silvery white wooly hairs and scales, buds likewise covered in scruffy wooly scales.
Bark: Smooth, light gray.
Form: A shrub to 4 feet in height with a dense round crown tightly packed with foliage.
Looks like: buffaloberry
| Additional Range Information:
Shepherdia rotundifolia is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting roundleaf buffaloberry.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson