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Mahonia aquifolium (Oregon Grape, Mahonia)

Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Evergreen, Ground cover, Flowering
Form Low Growing or Spreading Plant
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Yellow Flowers (Winter), Medium green Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Mahonia aquifolium Description

This low growing evergreen is ideal as ground cover. Clusters of bright yellow flowers are produced in spring, followed by small dark grape shaped fruit. Dark green spinney foliage often turns a red - purple in winter. 70cm tall x 1.2m


Mahonia aquifolium - Cultivation Notes

Mahonia will flourish in most well drained, fertile soils, preferring partial but not deep shade. Trim back growth to shape every other year - removing older straggly growth.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Mahonia aquifolium:

  • Scented blossom
  • Spiney growth can deter unwanted visitors!
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Fruit / berry producing
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils
  • Suitable for planting in full shade
  • Produces winter flowers

Weaknesses of Mahonia aquifolium

  • Spiney plant - can scratch young children and gardeners!

Design & Plant Use for Mahonia aquifolium:

  • Provides scented winter blossom
  • Evergreen plant with attractive foliage for winter interest
  • Evergreen shrub suitable for planting in a shady location
  • Ideal flowering shrub for problem clay soils

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Common Missspellings: Merhonia, Mahonea, Merhonia, Mahonea, Merhoenia