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Mahonia aquifolium

Holly-leaved barberry

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  • Mahonia aquifolium | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • Mahonia aquifolium | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • Mahonia aquifolium | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019

Features

  • Blooms & FruitsApril & August
  • Height0.75m to 2.5m
  • Spread1.2m to 1.6m
  • Growth HabitBroad bushy
  • Flower ColourYellow-orange
  • Leaf ColourCyan, blue, green

Description

Mahonia aquifolium (Holly-leaved barberry). This is a dense, bushy species it grows to about 1.8m high and wide The leaves are about 20cm long with deep green pinnate leaves, The flowers have clustered heads of small, bright yellow flowers which bloom in the spring before the fruit.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Evergreen, Fragrant

Other common names

Mountain grape, Oregon grape

Origin

West North America

Interest and use

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

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained, Chalky
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterSemi-moist or Dry

Cultivation

They will require a sunny aspect and well-drained, fertile soil with adequate water. In a warmer climate they do better in shade or partial-shade.

Propagation

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

Pests, diseases or disorders

Rust and mildew may become a problem.

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