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Sunday - November 09, 2008

From: Alliance, NE
Region: Midwest
Topic: Plant Identification
Title: Plant identification, Russian olive or buffaloberry
Answered by: Nan Hampton


Thank you for the info I found here regarding the silver buffaloberry and the russian olive. I need help in identifying which small shrub I have(it is one or the other)that was transplanted here on our farm(had to be from bird droppings. My husband says he will remove if it's olive because of invasive list and obvious thorns. I'd like to keep it if it is a buffaloberry.


Mr. Smarty Plants will be very happy to try to identify your shrub if you will send us some photos. 

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