Buffaloberry

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".