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Mahonia aquifolium/Oregon Holly Grape

Mahonia aquifolium / Mahonia aquifolium
Large specimen Oregon holly grape in flower
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Large specimen Oregon holly grape in flower

Close-up image of holly-like foliage

Typical sprawling form of this mahonia

Leaves showing the spiny margins

Typical plant growing adjacent to a retaining wall

Close-up image of the blue-green holly-like foliage

Blue-green foliage in summer

Typical form of an old mature plant that has not be pruned or cared for


Close view of foliage

Foliage held to ground level

A group planting

Excellent for groundcover in shady area

Evergreen foliage an attraction all year

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Scientific Name: Mahonia aquifolium
Common Name: Oregon Holly Grape
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Yellow
Fruit present: Summer
Fruit color: Blue
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
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Comments: Very adapted to growing shandy areas. Useful in shrub borders, foundation planting, and mass plantings. The fruit is eaten by a number of bird species. Evergreen foliage turns purple-bronze in winter.