Shepardia, named by Nuttall, in compliment to Mr. Thomas Shepard, of the Botanic Garden, Liverpool.
Shepardia elegnoides. - Buffalo Tree. - This graceful shrub, or low tree, is found in the .neighborhood of the Rocky Mountains, in large clumps, or clusters. It is eaten or broused by the Buffalo, from which it derives its common name. The tree is graceful in its appearance, growing from ten to thirteen feet high; the branches are rather pendulous; the leaves are small, of a soft, woolly nature, and have a silvery appearance.
It is male and female, on different plants. The branches of the female trees are thickly studded with clusters of small crimson berries, nearly the size of the red currant. The fruit has a pleasant acid flavor, and is sometimes used for jelly on preserve. There is an astringent taste in addition to the acid, which makes the fruit of little value, in comparison with the common currant. For an ornamental tree or shrub, it deserves a place among other plants. It is beautiful fruit. Male and female plants should be ordered. The flowers cannot boast of much beauty.