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Mahonia aquifolium

Berberis aquifolium

Also known as

Oregon Grape, Mountain Grape, Holly-Leaved Barberry, Holly-Leaved Oregon-Grape, Shining Oregon-Grape, Tall Oregon-Grape

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Partial Shade
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Mahonia aquifolium Overview

Berberis aquifolium is better known by its older name - Mahonia aquifolium. It is also commonly known by the names Oregon Grape and Mountain Grape, amongst others. It is a low-growing evergreen shrub species from the Berberidaceae family that has a spreading habit, with evergreen, spiny, dark green leaves that take on an attractive purple hue in winter. In spring, it has dense clusters of bright yellow flowers which develop into blue-black berries during summer and autumn. It grows vigorously and spreads wider than it grows tall, so it makes good ground cover and is useful for planting on slopes and banks or as a low-growing hedge. Low maintenance and flowering early in the year, it makes a good addition to wildlife gardens and adds welcome winter colour, wherever it is planted. Berberis aquifolium likes a position in full sun or partial shade and is happy in most soils, as long they are well-draining. While it is drought resistant for short periods, it thrives best in semi-shade and humus-rich, moist soil.

Common problems with Mahonia aquifolium

Generally pest-free.

How to propagate Mahonia aquifolium




Semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Special features of Mahonia aquifolium

Ground cover

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Drought resistant

Hedge plant

Winter colour

Spring Flowering Shrubs

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