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Mahonia gracilipes

For sale by Bluebell Nursery

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A fabulous, small, slow-growing Mahonia first introduced to the UK by Roy Lancaster in 1980. The underside of the long, graceful leaves are chalky white and it has delightful, purple-red flowers with creamy-yellow centres in late summer or autumn rather than spring (the more traditional flowering time for Mahonia).

A lovely, interesting and rare garden plant.

Supplied SIze: 3L containers (young plants) - limited availability

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Mahonia gracilipes | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Mahonia gracilipes | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or partial shade.
Soil: Well drained, fertile soil.
Hardiness: Hardy. Mahonia gracilipes appreciates protection from cold winter winds.
Flowering Period: August - October.
Flower Colour: Purplish-red and cream
Rate of Growth: Slow.
Habit: Small or eventually medium sized shrub with a branching, open habit.
Height: up to 1.5 m (5 ft).
Spread: 2 m (6 ft).

Notes: We have a specimen of Mahonia gracilipes, planted in the woodland garden surrounding our nursery. At 8 years old, it had reached a height of 0.75 m and a spread of 1 m.

Plant Finder: about Mahonia gracilipes


Mahonia gracilipes. Long racemes of purple-red flowers with yellow centres, which arrive in August. The evergreen, spiny leaves are dark green and have chalky white undersides.


Grow in a sheltered, semi-shaded position.

Interest and use

Grown for its evergreen foliage and unusual flowers.

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Mahonia gracilipes | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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