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Mahonia aquifolium
Common Name: Oregon Grape Family: Berberidaceae (The Barberry Family)

Mahonia aquifolium

This lovely native evergreen shrub has thick dark green holly-like foliage on stems to about six feet tall. The buds begin to form in winter and open in early spring with bright clusters of yellow flowers. These are followed by deep blue ornamental fruits that mother robins feed to their young in my garden. The yellow pigment derived from the roots of this plant was used as a dye by First Nations peoples of British Columbia.

Geogrpahical Origin:
North America
Native Habitat:
Mixed coniferous woods to 2000 m.

ClassEvergreen  Primary Bloom ColourYellow 
TypeShrub  Secondary Bloom Colour 
Height6-10'  Bloom TimeEarly Spring 
Spread3-5'  FragranceYes 
Light ExposureFull - Part Sun Part Shade Part Sun  Foliage ColourGreen 
Soil MoistureAverage  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone BerriesYes 
BC NativeYes    

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Recommended Companion Plants:
Helleborus x hybridus "WJ Golden Sunrise"
Cyclamen coum
Arum italicum

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