Oregon grape is part of the Mahonia genus. Its scientific name is Mahonia aquifolium.
This barberry relative is native to western north america. It is a useful ornamental with evergreen holly-like foliage, sour but edible berries, and yellow flowers in late winter. It tolerates a wide variety of conditions, from sun to shade and drought to a well watered garden, and is attractive to birds.Blooms appear in these approximate colours: Banana yellow. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours: Dark byzantium. A type of edible flower, it mainly grows as an evergreen plant - which means it retains leaves throughout the year. Oregon grape is known for growing to a height of approximately 6.50 feet (that's 2.00 metres in metric) with a shrubby habit. This plant tends to bloom in late winter, followed by first harvests in late summer. Oregon grape is a great plant to attract butterflies, bees, and birds to your garden.
United States is believed to be where Oregon grape originates from.
Oregon grape is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!
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This plant needs little care once established, other than an occasional pruning to shape.Oregon grape likes a position of full shade and remember to water very sparingly. Use Zone 5 - Zone 9 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Keep in mind when planting that Oregon grape is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will tend to survive through freezing conditions.
This plant may defoliate after being transplanted, but will recover. It needs water during its first year to get established.
Pick berries in midsummer-fall.1 Berries will be very sour when ripe, bitter and astringent when not ripe.
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Oregon grape so consider planting:
These plants will not grow well with Oregon grape so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Oregon grape plants:
Has prickly leaves, so be careful about planting near walk ways.
Aquafolium is Latin for sharp leafed.1
Hollyleaved barberry, Grape Holly
Misspellings: Oregan grape, Oregon-grape
19 Jul 2011
Attractive year round, adaptable plant. Native to north america.