Shepherdia canadensis (L.) Nutt.
Common Name: SOAPBERRY
Coefficient of Conservatism: 7
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Nt Shrub

Shepherdia canadensis fruits A. A. Reznicek fruits

Dunes, gravelly and rocky shores, ridges, openings; rock outcrops (especially limestone); open forests (aspen, pine, birch, cedar, fir); clay and calcareous river banks; moist thickets, even fens; readily invading fields and clearings in the heart of its range. 

The flowers open just before the leaves in May or late April. They are very inconspicuous, with four tiny yellowish sepals (scurfy-pubescent outside), eight nectariferous glands but no petals, and either eight stamens or a single pistil. The fleshy red-orange fruit matures in early summer and is not especially tasty. This is an easily recognized shrub with its opposite leaves, densely scurfy-pubescent beneath with mixed silvery and rust-brown scales and hairs, sparsely stellate-pubescent above.


Alcona County
Alger County
Allegan County
Alpena County
Antrim County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Charlevoix County
    Including Beaver Island
Cheboygan County
Chippewa County
    Including Drummond Island
Delta County
Dickinson County
Emmet County
Gogebic County
Grand Traverse County
Huron County
Iosco County
Keweenaw County
    Including Isle Royale
Leelanau County
    Including Fox Islands
    Including Manitou Islands
Mackinac County
    Including Bois Blanc, Mackinac, Round Islands
Manistee County
Marquette County
Mason County
Mecosta County
Menominee County
Ontonagon County
Presque Isle County
Roscommon County
Sanilac County
Schoolcraft County
St. Clair County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County


MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. October 24, 2021.