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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



Under 6 inches to 8 feet


To 10 feet wide

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Chinese grape holly
Chinese grape holly
Mahonia lomariifolia makes a bold statement in the landscape. Growing 6-12 feet tall, Chinese grape holly features spiny, glossy green leaves that form a backdrop for small yellow flowers in winter. Zones 7-10
Leatherleaf grape holly
Leatherleaf grape holly
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
Mahonia eurybracteata
Mahonia eurybracteata
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
Mahonia japonica
Mahonia japonica
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
Oregon grape holly
Oregon grape holly
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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