10 to 15 ft.
10 to 12 ft.
native to midwestern to western United States
USDA zones 2-7
hardy to 8,500 ft.
Silver buffaloberry is a tree-like shrub with silver leaves. It is native to the Great Plains.
It has beautiful, twisted grey branches when mature. If left to grow naturally, it will develop a large, thickety mound. Prune out the dead wood to showcase its beautiful branches and silvery leaves.
The flowers and berries are only produced on female plants. Although this plant has thorns, it is a wonderful large, multi-stemmed shrub that can withstand Colorado Springs' erratic weather. It's a great choice for low-water, low-maintenance landscapes.
There are two silver buffaloberries at the Xeriscape Garden in an area that is not watered. They have grown slowly, but have become quite beautiful with time. When pruned to remove the dead material, the unique twisted branches become visible. They are stunning.
Prune out dead wood. Can be pruned for shape to form a small tree when young.