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River-banks and canyons. Sand dunes.
MN and IA, west British Columbia to NM. Has become naturalized in some parts of WI.
Suckering shrub or small tree to 6 m. Branches stiff, often with short thorny tips. Leaves opposite, silvery, oblong to lanceolate, narrowed to the base. Dioecous. Flowers in small clusters on the growth of the previous season; stamens 8. Fruit red, 6-9 mm, sour.
Flowers April to May
Wetland indicator: Upland?
This plant is not really native to the northeastern U.S., occurring naturally just west of the Chicago region. This plant was photographed at the Morton Arboretum. The fruit of this species is edible but sour.
Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of
Northeastern United States
and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Freckmann Herbarium. Shepherdia argentea.
Michael Hough © 2005