Compact Oregon Grape Holly

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We know that some of you out there only think of the great Northwestern forests as home to the legendary Bigfoot and his kin. Hopefully, we can enlighten you on some of the other natural wonders in those forests! Let's start with the Compact Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia aquifolium 'Compacta') is a new, much more compact form of the American native Mahonia that is so prevalent in the Pine and Fir forests of the great Northwest!

Its smaller size makes it much more versatile as a landscape shrub than its big brethren, though. The current trend is leaning toward smaller and urban gardens, so there is a need for smaller plants to fit those spaces, and this small shrub does it better than most!

Oregon Grape Holly is a fantastic plant. Its spiky leathery leaves are evergreen, but they sport a couple of color changes throughout the year! The bronze-red new growth turns to glossy deep green in the summer and then transforms into purple-red for the fall and winter months. If that weren't enough, there are also sunny yellow late spring flowers followed by deep purple summer berries. Now imagine all of this on a compact plant that will fit just about anywhere.

Planting and Application:

Use this native as a small hedge or around a deck or steps to hide the foundations. It also hides the leggy bottoms of taller plants if you put it in front of the border. Try it by rocks, dry streambeds or water features for an interesting foliage juxtaposition. It is a perfect choice for massed panting and big borders, too. The yellow blossoms attract hummingbirds, butterflies and bees, so include one as an anchor for your pollinator garden!

Add a boost of year-round interest and greenery to your landscape! As a sun or part shade foundation plant along the front of your home, as a lower hedge and screening property divider, or as a fantastic backdrop for smaller perennials and mixed shrub borders! Plus those edible berries are great for jam and jelly!

  • Textured Broadleaf Evergreen Foliage
  • Bronze-Red New Spring Leaves & Compact Growth
  • Fragrant Bright Yellow Flowers For Pollinators
  • Edible Ornamental Berries for You & Birds!
  • Hedges, Edible Landscaping, & Small Urban Yards

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Mahonia tolerates full sun and partial shade throughout the USDA hardiness zones of 5 through 9. A highly adaptable version of the great native Oregon Grape Holly, these are rather deer resistant and very low maintenance. This glossy plant should perform beautifully for you. Open it up to sunlight and air circulation by cutting interior canes down to the ground, or pruning right after the flowers are done. You can also rejuvenate older shrubs by cutting them all the way to the ground. Young stems will grow back from the center of the root system. It won't take long for the canes to grow back again, better than ever.

  • Full Sun for More Fruit or Partial Shade
  • Moderate Moisture - Adaptable Once Established
  • Any Type of Well-Drained Soil
  • NW Native Selection That’s Deer Resistant
  • Prune When Flowering is Complete

This is an excellent choice for the home garden - durable, low-maintenance and beautiful! Add a few to your garden today. (You'll make a Sasquatch proud!) Hurry and order this ornamental edible landscaping shrub today from!

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Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
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Compact Oregon Grape Holly Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Mahonia aquifolium 'Compacta'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate - More in Heat
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Bronzy Maturing to Green
Fall Color Burgundy / Purple, Evergreen
Harvest Time Mid Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3-5 Years
Pruning Time After Flowering