South Dakota Native Plant Research
Shepherdia argentea

Scientific Name

Shepherdia argentea


Download Seed: Buffaloberry seed with fruit removed. (55 KB)

Download Seedling: Seedling of buffaloberry grown in research greenhouse at SDSU. (44 KB)

Download Vegetative: Leaves are 7-12 mm wide and 2-5 cm long. (54 KB)

Download Flowering: Unisexual flowers are found in small clusters. (63 KB)

Download Fruiting: The red fruit is 5-7 mm long. (88 KB)

Download Research garden: Dormant buffaloberry seedling after one seasons growth in research garden at SDSU. (92 KB)

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Native American Name

Dakota: "Mashti cha-pute"


Shepherdia argentea is a(n) shrub or tree deciduous, which grows 1m to 6m in height. This species is commonly found ravines and banks. A native to South Dakota, MN to British Columbia, south to Nebraska, Nevada, and New Mexico. The leaves are opposite, gray-green oblong to oblanceolate. Shepherdia argentea has yellow brown flowers that bloom from May to June.

Horticulture Notes

Seed Collection: Collect fruit in late August or September
Germination: Scarification of fall sow
Vegetative Propagation:
Soils: Rocky, sandy, or clayey
Light: Full sun
Water: Moist to dry
Notes: Removes endocarp of berry to expose a clean seed. Store in cool, dry place.

Shepherdia argentea