A picture of a Mahonia aquifolium

Mahonia aquifolium

Berberis aquifolium

Also known as

Oregon Grape, Holly-leaved barberry, Mountain grape

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Full Shade
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

8a

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

1.5m

50cm

Min

1m

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Mahonia aquifolium Overview

Berberis aquifolium is often better known by the older name, Mahonia aquifolium. It is commonly known by the names Oregon Grape and Mountain Grape, amongst others. Berberis aquifolium is a low growing evergreen shrub species from the Berberidaceae family. This plant has a spreading growth habit and spiny dark green leaves that take on an attractive purple colour in winter. In spring it has dense clusters of bright yellow flowers which develop into black, berry fruits in summer and autumn.

How to propagate Mahonia aquifolium

Cuttings

You can propagate species from cuttings, basal suckers or seed; selected forms from cuttings or basal suckers.

Seed

Suckers

Special features of Mahonia aquifolium

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Ground cover

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Mahonia aquifolium

Banks, ground cover, ornamental fruit, hedging with powder-blue berries.

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