Showy ornamental native! Looking for an easy-care understory plant to meander throughout your landscape? Then try the outstanding, carefree native Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia aquifolium, or more recently referred to as Berberis aquifolium) to bring edible ornamental charm to your landscape, along with a lot of local birds and butterflies!
Highly ornamental, canary-yellow flower clusters cover Oregon Grape Holly in spring. These massive clusters of vivid yellow spring flowers develop into picturesque dark blue berries by late summer. The berries feature a steely blue, glaucous overcast, and are held along long, downturned racemes for unmatched beauty.
Harvest the tart berries for jellies, jams, wine and more, but hurry! You'll have to beat the birds, who are hungry for their share, too. But this great native shrub isn't a Grape and it's not a Holly! Oregon Grape Holly is one of those plants that can be either the supporting actor in the garden or the star player!
The foliage is its outstanding feature and it will glow for you all season, starting with the bronze-red coloring of spring leaves that turn deep green and then mellow into a rich burgundy purple in the fall. Oregon Grape Holly is a broad-leaved evergreen that works hard all year long! This easy-care plant gives so much visual interest and is just 'tough as nails'.
Synonymous with Berberis aquifolium, this beautiful and useful native shrub is a valuable plant to western states but will grow all over the United States in Zones 5-9 with proper care. This member of the Barberry family has many nicknames, including Holly-leaved Barberry, Holly leaf Oregon Grape, and Grape Holly.
Use Oregon Grape Holly as a colorful specimen to accent your foundation planting. You can keep it small with yearly pruning or let it grow to its full 3-6 feet height and 3-5 foot spread for windbreaks, shelterbelts, and hedgerows. Pair it with its smaller sibling the Compact Oregon Grape Holly for a multi-dimensional mixed-shrub hedge. Plant it at least 4 feet from sidewalks to avoid having the shiny, spiny leaves snagging clothes.
Plant them in large containers as a fabulous way to decorate your yard. Place two plants in the same container or use two containers near each other for cross-pollination. Try flanking an entryway or gate with one placed on either side.
Easily create a Pollinator or Wildlife Garden just by adding several Oregon Grape Hollies. You'll increase berry production by planting two or more for pollination. They can blend into existing plantings and fill in odd gaps in your naturalized shady spaces.
Plant groupings or rows for year-round privacy and property division 3 feet apart on center to create a dynamic barrier and screen along the patio or to hide from the nosy neighbor. These double-duty edible landscaping shrubs are sure to please both sides of the living fence! The foliage and erect stems bring some formality, but the irregular overall shape reads as an informal, free-form sculpture. No wonder people love it as a specimen in Japanese Gardens!
Give them space and watch as it slowly spreads to create living walls of an outdoor Meditation Garden room. You'll love studying the juxtaposition between shiny, spiky dark green leaves and rounded, blue orbs of berries.
Use it in narrow side yards or plant them right up against fences or buildings. Squeeze a few between your garage and your neighbor's wall. No matter how you use this decorative plant in your landscape, your local birds and butterflies will thank you!
This plant is quite often used in shady Woodland Gardens, where it performs as a beautiful understory plant. Use them to define points along a trail in the shade of taller trees.
Oregon Grape Holly grows naturally as an understory plant in Pine and Fir forests, so likes slightly acidic soil and partial shade to full shade conditions. However, you will have far more flowers and fruit in more sun. Plant in a location that has a lower pH to avoid leaf scorch. Fertilize with acid lovers fertilizer twice a year to maintain soil acidity. Apply it once in the late winter and once in the mid-summer. This plant will also tolerate hotter, dry climates if the pH of the soil is kept below 6.5 and the plant is given regular water. Typically leaf scorch will appear if the pH is too high in either sun or shade.
Protect the lovely broadleaf evergreen leaves from the drying winds of cold winters, especially in Zones 5 and 6. Give it a protected spot - but if you can't, try using an anti-desiccant spray starting in the fall and reapply according to directions.
Very little maintenance is needed to keep this plant looking great. It is virtually disease and pest free. Deer don't like the prickly leaves and will leave them alone unless they are really hungry. It's always a good idea to use 3-4 inches of arborist mulch to cover the root system.
This is not a plant like Privet that you can simply shear with uniform tip pruning. Instead, prune Oregon Grape Holly for size control by carefully trimming the longest canes back to a leaflet pair growing below the surface of the canopy. For the best look, take your time while pruning. Layer staggered cuts evenly across the plant, hiding the cuts back into the canopy as you go.
This glossy plant should perform beautifully for you. Open it up to the sunlight and air circulation by cutting interior canes down to the ground to rejuvenate the plant every 3-5 years. You can also rejuvenate older shrubs by cutting 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.
The flowers are hermaphroditic, and can either be self-pollinated or insect-pollinated. A nice idea to plant in groups of 3 to ensure better pollination.
Oregon Grape Holly is one of the most admired plants for garden use. Is it possible for a plant to be both subtle and eye-catching, graceful and spiky, muted and colorful? Yes, yes, and yes! Oregon Grape Holly is all of this, and more! This highly ornamental plant is underused in many places across the country. Start a trend and order at least two of these beauties from NatureHills.com today!
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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.
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|
|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|
|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|
|#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|
|#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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|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Mahonia aquifolium|
|Mature Height||3 - 6 feet|
|Mature Spread||3 - 5 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Shade, Partial Shade|
|Foliage||Bronzy-Red New Growth|
|Foliage Color||Shiny Green|
|Fall Color||Burgundy / Purple|
|Fruiting Time||Late Summer|
|Pruning Time||After Flowering|