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Buffalo Berry

Natural History

The Buffalo Berry is a woody, evergreen shrub that grows on steep slopes between 5000 and 8000 feet in elevation. The leaves are silvery gray and covered with silvery scales on top; underneath they are pale and slightly fuzzy. They are curved at the edges, and individually look sort of like a tongue.

Buffalo Berry is also called Lead Bush due to the color of its leaves.

The plant blooms in May or June and produces inconspicuous grayish green flowers, which are followed by an egg-shaped berry to 3/8 inches long. Berries are eaten by birds, bears, and small mammals. The berries have also historically been used by humans to make jelly.

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