Mahonia or Oregon Grape
Mahonia (Mahōnia aquifōlium) or Oregon Grape is an evergreen, showy and unpretentious shrub. Mahonia is decorative at any time of the year! Withstands well shading, is able to grow in the most difficult conditions, including poor soils, lack of moisture, gas pollution of the urban environment ...
The genus Mahonia belongs to the family Berberidaceae, and some sources even attribute it to the genus Barberry, called Berberis Aquifolium. The natural range of the Mahonia species covers the western states of North America from California to British Columbia.
Mahonia is an evergreen shrub that grows in Nature no more than 1 meter in height, and forms thickets due to root suckers. Cultural species do not give growth, but they can be propagated from seeds and by dividing the bush.
Mahonia gained its popularity due to its rare unpretentiousness and showiness at any time of the year. In the Spring, for more than a month, it is decorated with beautiful yellow flowers, green in Summer, and blue berries in Autumn, because of which, it acquired the name Oregon Grape. In winter, some of the green foliage takes on brown shades that look just as impressive. Mahonia is also used to create hedges up to 1.5 meters high along curbs or in combination with other, higher shrubs. Along the edge of the Mahonia leaf, there are small thorns, which increase the "obstruction" of its thickets for small animals.
Mahonia is excellent at withstanding shade, although it develops best in well-lit areas. It also grows well on poor soils, sands and loams, withstanding the strong gas pollution of the city and prolonged moisture deficits.
In addition to all the above advantages, Mahonia is also an excellent early honey plant, providing bees with valuable bribes before the flowering of Acacia, Phelodendron and Linden - the main spring-summer crops. The estimated honey content of Mahonia is up to 130 kg per 1 hectare of solid plantations.
The berries of Mahonia are edible, have a tart, sweet taste, contain many trace elements, although the percentage of pulp in them is quite low. Berries are used for coloring various wines, juices, compotes, in baked goods, in dried form ... They are very fond of many birds, for which, Mahonia berries are an important component of winter food chains.
On our website, you can buy seeds an seedlings of Magonia Holly of various ages and in containers of different volumes.