Vascular Plants - Elaeagnaceae - Shepherdia:
Shepherdia canadensis
Page Author: David Giblin
russet buffaloberry, soopolallie, soapberry 
Blooms: May-July
Habit: shrub
Duration: perennial
Origin: Native
Conservation Status: Abundant; of no concern.

Distribution: Both sides of the Cascades in Washington; Alaska to Oregon, east to the Atlantic Coast.
Habitat: Moderately dry, open to wooded areas, sea level to mid-elevations in the mountains.
Species Description:

General: Unarmed, spreading shrub 1-4 m. tall; young twigs conspicuously brownish-scurfy; older branches brownish.
Leaves: Leaves opposite, entire, short-petiolate, the blades ovate to ovate-lanceolate, 1.5-6 cm. long and 1-3 cm. broad, greenish on the upper surface and white-scurfy beneath, but with many brownish scales.
Flowers: Plants dioecious, the flowers apetalous; staminate flowers brownish, with an 8-lobed disk in the throat of the calyx tube, the calyx with 4 spreading lobes 1-2 mm. long; stamens 8; pistillate flowers with the calyx tube enclosing the pistil, the 4 lobes short.
Fruits: Fruit ellipsoid, yellowish-red, fleshy.
Accepted Name:
Shepherdia canadensis (L.) Nutt.
Synonyms:
Elaeagnus canadensis (L.) A. Nels.

Treated in Flora of the PNW as:
Shepherdia canadensis
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria Specimens: View list of all Shepherdia canadensis specimens in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WTU Herbarium Specimens: View list of Shepherdia canadensis specimens in the WTU Herbarium database.

Washington Flora Checklist: Shepherdia canadensis treatment.

E-Flora BC: Shepherdia canadensis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Shepherdia canadensis images.

USDA Plants Database: Shepherdia canadensis.
Additional photographs of Shepherdia canadensis:
(click on a thumbnail to view larger photo)

Clayton J. Antieau, 1987

Clayton J. Antieau, 1987

Clayton J. Antieau, 1995

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Clayton J. Antieau, 2006

Robert L. Carr, 2009

Robert L. Carr, 2009

G. D. Carr, 2010

G. D. Carr, 2010

G. D. Carr, 2010

Robert L. Carr, 2010

Robert L. Carr, 2010

Robert L. Carr, 2010

Robert L. Carr, 2010

Robert L. Carr, 2010

Craig Althen, 2010
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