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This is a native species.

Shepherdia rotundifolia

Shepherdia rotundifolia

Shepherdia rotundifolia

Shepherdia rotundifolia (Round Leaf Buffaloberry)
Elaeagnaceae (Oleaster Family)

Semi-desert. Shrublands, woodlands, openings. Spring.
Above: Moki Dugway, Utah, June 11, 2004 and Lower Butler Wash, Utah, April 11, 2024.
Left: North Fork Mule Canyon, Utah, April 8, 2014.

In the top photograph above, a four by four foot Buffaloberry enjoys the view south into Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico from the side of the Moki Dugway Road, eleven hundred feet above the San Juan River basin.

In the photograph directly above, shining leaves of one lonely Buffaloberry stand out in the vegetation and rock of Butler Wash.

At left a Round Leaf Buffaloberry shrub flowers early in the spring.

Shepherdia rotundifolia (Round Leaf Buffaloberry)
Elaeagnaceae (Oleaster Family)

Semi-desert. Shrublands, woodlands, openings. Spring.
Cedar Mesa, Utah, June 11, 2004.

Round Leaf Buffaloberry is a large, conspicuous shrub with innumerable tightly packed clusters of attractive rounded ("rotund") silver/blue/green, warty leaves which tend to cup inward from the sides and downward from the tip. Branch-ends in older shrubs often become so heavy that they cascade to the ground or flow over cliff faces. Round Leaf Buffaloberry produces a profusion of tiny yellow flowers followed by mildly tasty, edible berries that were supposedly made into a sauce for Buffalo meat. Ripening berries are in the middle of the photograph.

In 1875 Charles Parry named this species which was collected in 1873 by A. L. Siler in Utah.

Shepherdia rotundifolia (Round Leaf Buffaloberry)
Elaeagnaceae (Oleaster Family)

Semi-desert. Shrublands, woodlands, openings. Spring.
Butler Wash, Utah, April 7, 2005.

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

State Color Key

Species present in state and native
Species present in state and exotic
Species not present in state

County Color Key

Species present and not rare
Species present and rare
Species extirpated (historic)
Species extinct
Species noxious
Species exotic and present
Native species, but adventive in state
Eradicated
Questionable presence

Range map for Shepherdia rotundifolia