Genus Shepherdia
Oleaster Family (Elaeagnaceae)

Buffaloberry shrub
            growing on roadside

Roundleaf Buffaloberry
(Shepherdia rotundifolia)

These shrubs are common throughout the Colorado Plateau area (eastern Utah and adjoining states). They grow 3 or 4 feet tall. They are a silvery gray-green in color, appearing to be almost white when growing among the much darker green pinyons and junipers.

Close-up of round leathery leaves
	    on a buffaloberry plant

The leaves are thick and leathery. They are cupped downwards. The undersides are scaly, and covered with a woolly substance.

The berries are edible. Many birds and small animals eat them. Early settlers used them in a sauce served with buffalo steaks.

A related species, the silver buffaloberry (Shepherdia argentea) is often called "Bullberry".