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Mahonia shrubs are at home under the high canopies of evergreen trees or large shade trees. They blend in well in naturalistic gardens. They are reliably deer resistant and evergreen.
Because they blend so well into plantings of other acid-loving shrubs and trees its easy to find a place in even the smallest garden spaces, Mahonia can be used to fill odd spots and cover water pipe valves and utility boxes.
Mahonia winter sun produces spiny foliage that deer will not touch. In the late winter and early spring, the bright yellow flowers are a welcome sight in the bleak winter landscape. As the spring and summer progress, the yellow flowers turn to grape-like clusters of blue berries.
Mahonias are one of the most beautiful evergreen shrubs available in our opinion. The new foliage emerges silvery green with a slight red color.
Mahonia Soft Caress is a smaller mahonia with narrow leaves that almost resemble bamboo in some aspects. It finds its home in Japanese themed gardens or along streams and water features. It also produces bright yellow flowers in the spring. We love this little plant and find ourselves adding in in about every planting we do.
Mahonias will tolerate most soil conditions, except for areas that always stay wet. They do prefer some shade from the afternoon sun but don't be afraid to try them just about anywhere. We recommend feeding mahonias with a slow release fertilizer such as Holly-Tone by Espoma. Holly-tone not only gives mahonias all the nutrients they need in a slow released organic form but helps to maintain the acid soil conditions that mahonias thrive on.
Mahonias are very drought tolerant and only need to be watered heavily during their establishment period. They are sometimes referred to as Oregon Grape Holly due to having leaves similar to hollies and fruit that resembles a cluster of concord grapes.
Although edible, the blue berries contain berberine, a compound found in many Barberry and Mahonia species, which can cause vomiting, lowered blood pressure, reduced heart rate, lethargy, and other ill effects when consumed in large quantities. It may be better to go to your local store and pick up some grapes.
We recommend leaving these for the birds which absolutely adore the berries. Berry-eating birds, like California thrashers, Robins, California towhees and mockingbirds, find the fruit to be a tasty meal. Many species of birds hide and perch in the spiny foliage. In the spring if there’s a bit of warm sun, bumblebees, butterflies and other pollinators can be found perched on the flower clusters.
Mahonias have been found to be not toxic to dogs, cats or horses so there's no need to worry about having these in your garden. Do to the spiny hard leaves these can also be used around foundations particularly under windows.