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Oregon Grape –
Mahonia aquifolium or Berberis aquifolium (latin)
Area of origin:
British Columbia to the north of California.
Introduced in 1823.
Adult Dimensions:
Height up to 2 m,
width up to 2 m (6,6').
Foliage: Evergreen.
Soil Type: All. Avoid lime.
Hardiness: Hardy to -15°C.
Exposure: Semi-shade to full sun.
Oregon Grape - Mahonia aquifolium - berberis aquifolium

Oregon Grape - Mahonia aquifolium - berberis aquifolium

Oregon Grape - Mahonia aquifolium - berberis aquifolium

Oregon Grape - Mahonia aquifolium - berberis aquifolium
Characteristics and Uses:
The bunches of golden yellow flowers appear in March and April. The blue-black fruits are very decorative. The shiny leaves resemble those of the holly and become reddish in winter. It responds well to cutting. This is a beautiful shrub to plant alone or within a mixed flowering hedge or flowerbed or even within a mixed group to create a screening hedge.
The Mahonia aquifolium goes beautifully with :
Abelia grandiflora, beautiful pale pink - white blossom throughout summer
Beauty Bush 'Pink Cloud' (Kolwitzia amabilis 'Pink Cloud), abundant pale pink blossom in June - July, red foliage in the autumn
Border Forsythia (Forsythia intermedia), early golden yellow blossom
Buddleia (Buddleia Davidii), abundant and scented blossom throughout summer, highly attractive to butterflies
Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina domestica), beautiful white blossom throughout spring and summer, followed by extremely decorative red berries
Laurustinus (Viburnum tinus), white blossom from November through to April, followed by bluish - black berries
Milkflower Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster lacteus), white blossom in June - July, followed by red berries in October
Smoke Bush (Cotinus coggygria), feathery inflorescences in summer, red foliage in the autumn
Variegated Pink Weigelia (Weigelia florida 'Variegata'), abundant blossom of pink bell shaped flowers throughout summer
Virginal Mockorange (Philadelphus x virginalis 'Virginal'), abundant white blossom in summer
Weigelia 'Bristol Ruby', abundant blossom from May through to September, ruby red bell shaped flowers

The Mahonia aquifolium is used in the following flowering hedges :
Flowering Hedge 'Julie'
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