Common name: Hollyleaf Mahonia, Oregon grape
Origin: North America
Height at maturity: 1 to 1.5 meter
Exposure: shade, partial shade
Plant type: shrub
Flower color: bright yellow
Type of soil: normal, clayey, calcareous, sandy, heather earth, rich in humus
Watering: normal to dry
Diseases and pests: rust, powdery mildew
Toxicity: inedible fruits
Storage of seeds: 4 years in a dry place away from light at 3/4°C (refrigerator)
Mahonia aquifolium is a bushy shrub with a decorative upright habit with its leaves, flowers and fruits. The bright yellow flowers are fragrant, melliferous and come in terminal bouquets of 5 to 8cm panicles. Its prickly and evergreen leaves, resembling those of holly, turn red in winter. In summer, plump blue-black globose berries appear.
When planting, mix your garden soil with potting soil up to 50%. Water your subject copiously once or twice a week to promote recovery.
This shrub will wonderfully light up an area of full shade under tall trees. It can also be used alone, in free hedges or in beds.