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Mahonia aquifolium


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Description:
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.


Common Name: Oregon Grape

Family: Berberidaceae (The Barberry Family)

Zone Hardiness: 6

Light: Part Shade, Part Sun

Height: 6-10'

Width: 3-5'

Primary Bloom Colour: Yellow

Secondary Bloom Colour:

Class: Evergreen

Type: Shrub

Bloom Time: Early Spring

Soil Moisture: Average

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: Yes

Berries: Yes

Berries: Blue

Benefits:

Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: Yes

Native Habitat: Mixed coniferous woods to 2000 m.

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Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America

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