Mahonia aquifolium--Oregon Grape, Oregon Holly

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Mahonia aquifolium--Oregon Grape, Oregon Holly

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Mahonia leaves look like holly leaves, and the blue fruits have the coloration of grapes. Another ornamental feature is yellow flowers. Sun or shade is suitable except in winter, when shading is needed to keep the purplish leaves from browning. Transplanting is most successful with either potted or balled and burlapped plants. The plant is 3 to 7 feet tall and spreads 3 to 5 feet. The growth rate is moderate. The root system is suckering.

Cultivars include: 'compacta'--about 3 feet tall; 'Mayhan Strain'--dwarf with glossy leaves; 'repens'--can be used as a ground cover.

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