Silverberry is an invasive deciduous shrub that typically achieves a height of 10-11 ft, spreading a dense crown that bears sharp thorns, leaves, and pleasantly fragrant clusters of pale yellowish-white flowers. It produces alternate leaves with a wavy margin. In early spring, its leaves are covered in silver scales that wear off during summer and the leaves turn much greener than what they used to be before.
The silverberry plant serves as a food source for grouse, moose, deer, and elk during winters. Historically the Blackfeet used the peeled silverberries raw and for making soups and candies. Its dry yet mealy taste is perfect for making wines and for eating it raw or fried. Its bark is used to formulate a salve that helps in treating frostbites. Its bark was also made into strong ropes, mats, headbands, baskets, and even clothes. Its highly fragrant flowers are used to manufacture perfumes and massage oils.
Silverberries are rich in Vitamin C and polyphenols that make them beneficial for supporting the treatment of watery diarrhea, cough, cancer, hypercholesterolemia, fever, urine retention, body aches, hypertension, and foul sores.