Three species, all found in North America. Deciduous or evergreen shrubs or small trees, branches often thorny, covered with small, scruffy scales (lepidote). Leaves opposite, simple, oblong-ovate to oblong-lanceolate, margain entire, silvery, lepidote, with a petiole. Dioecious (male and female plants), small flowers appearing before leaves, fruits berry-like.
Shepherdia: after John Shepherd, British botanist.
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