How to Prune Silver Buffaloberry


Some gardeners know silver buffaloberry as shepherdia argentea. Whichever name you call this native plant, buffaloberry is an attractive drought-resistant plant with silvery-green leaves and bright red berries. Birds enjoy the berries and often gardeners use the berries for making a delicious jelly. Keep the silver buffaloberry plants shaped by pruning in the late winter prior to the growing season. Watch for thorns as you prune the buffaloberry plant.

Step 1

Examine the silver buffaloberry plants in the late winter to determine where pruning and shaping is required. Formulate a plan prior to making any trims to ensure that the finished result will be as you desire.

Step 2

Spread the small tarp under the plants to catch the trimmed branches as you cut them.

Step 3

Wear gardening gloves to protect your hands from the thorns that grow at the nodes of the stems. Proceed carefully to avoid injury.

Step 4

Use the pruning shears to shape the silver buffaloberry plants into the desired shape. These plants are very hardy and thrive in almost any growing condition. Shape them as desired without concern about injuring the plant or retarding growth.

Step 5

Remove the tarp carefully and discard the trimmed branches.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Small plastic tarp
  • Gardening gloves


  • Silver Buffaloberry
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Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator and regular contributor to "Natural News." She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, crocheter, painter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. Hatter's Internet publications specialize in natural health and she plans to continue her formal education in the health field, focusing on nursing.