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Grape holly

Mahonia selections

Grape holly

Grape holly is a flashy star for the shade, with its red new foliage and wands of sweetly scented yellow flowers in spring. Blue-black berries follow. The spiny leaves resemble holly foliage, but the color is a duller green that deepens to dusky tones in winter. Shield grape holly from wind and sunburn in winter, and mulch it to protect roots in winter. Grape holly thrives in moist, acidic soil.

Part Sun,Shade
Plant Type:
Plant Height:
10 inches to 6 feet tall
Plant Width:
To 10 feet wide
Landscape Uses:
Beds & Borders,Privacy,Slopes,Groundcover
Special Features:
Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Fragrant,Fall Color,Winter Interest,Cut Flowers,Attracts Birds,Drought Tolerant,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

Mahonia japonica 'Bealei' bears blue-green leaves and blooms later than most in spring. It grows 6 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Zones 7-8
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Mahonia eurybracteata shows off finely divided, glossy green leaves. Yellow flowers appear late in the season and are followed by clusters of blue-black berries. It grows 4 feet tall and wide. Zones 7-10
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Mahonia japonica is upright evergreen shrub with dark green leaves and pale yellow flowers from fall to spring, with clusters of pale blue berries. It grows 6 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Zones 7-8
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Mahonia aquifolium has a open habit and grows 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide. It develops medium-green spiny leaflets and spikes of yellow flowers. Zones 6-9
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