Buffaloberry or sometimes called "Rabbit Berry", is a widely adapted shrub native to the northern Great Plains. During the Lewis and Clark Expedition specimens of Buffaloberry were collected and uses of the berries were recorded. Buffaloberry bushes are also nitrogen fixers.
Plant availability by Season
Winter / Spring
Widely adapted shrub native to the northern Great Plains. Small, tart, but pleasant tasting, red fruits have enough sugar to be eaten fresh or dried and can also be made into preserves or wine. They are very high in lycopene and other phenolic antioxidants. This plant can tolerate extremes of cold, wind, drought, alkalinity and poor soils, fixing nitrogen much like peas or beans. Silvery gray foliage, small yellow flowers, thorny branches. These Buffaloberry plants can be male or female seedlings so plant 2 or more for cross pollination. Males may be thornier and more upright. Grows to about 8 ft. Zone 2-7.
Widely adapted nitrogen fixing shrub with small yellow flowers and juicy red berries. Russet buffaloberry differs from regular Buffaloberry in that this shrub is thornless, but the berries, while edible are more bitter. This species is native to Washington along Puget Sound and is also found in Coastal Alaska and Western British Columbia, though it is more common in the Intermountain West.