Mahonia Japonica. 3 Litre Pot.
- RHS Award of Garden Merit
- Position: Full shade, partial shade
- Soil: Moist, well drained
- Growth Rate: Slow
- Flowering Period: November – March
- Hardiness: Hardy
- Eventual Height: 1 – 1.5m
- Eventual Spread: 1.5 – 2.5m
Mahonia Japonica, also known as Oregon Grape, a recipient of the much coveted RHS Award of Garden Merit is a bushy, upright growing evergreen shrub, the pinnate leaves emerge almost horizontally from the stem and consist of many tiny leaflets, which during the Winter months tend to turn reddish-purple in colour when the long stalked bright yellow flowers, the fragrance of Lilly of the Valley are formed, followed by many shiny blue-black berries. An excellent pollinator attracting butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects to the garden. An wonderful Winter flowering plant for the garden which can also be used to provide an ideal screen to help deter any unwanted intruders to the garden.
Looking After Your Mahonia Japonica
Generally pest and disease free, although may be affected by rust, powdery mildew ( easily treated ) an easy to grow evergreen Winter flowering shrub in many if not all locations. A low maintenance plant which can benefit from a sunny or partially shaded area in all types of garden, from the more informal cottage planting schemes to the more formal town or courtyard garden. Mahonia Japonica will tolerate most soils which can be moist but are well drained, the use of a well rotted garden compost around it’s base will help protect the roots from both the heat in Summer and the cold in Winter. Very little pruning is necessary, although any required to removed damaged or unwanted branches to maintain shape or prevent overcrowding should be done mid-Spring.