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Species: Low Oregon Grape

Scientific Name: Mahonia Nervosa

Classification: Deciduous Shrubs



Description: The Low Oregon Grape, also commonly known as the Barberry is a cousin species to the Tall Oregon Grape. It is a small sized sprawling shrub, most suitable for ground cover and generally will reach heights of only 2 feet. The species is native to the West Coast of North America including Alaska, British Columbia, Washington State, Oregon, to Northern California. In its native surrounding, it is most commonly found in Douglas Fir dominated forests and in surrounding brush lands. The species is tolerant of different soil and growing conditions, including full shade, however it ideally prefers partial shade conditions. The species is low maintenance and hardy and is also quite summer-drought resistant. The green leaves are holly-like in appearance and bright yellow flowers emerge in spring, which yield to purple berries. The berries are sour, but edible when ripe and they are commonly used for jelly or fermented to make wine. In the wild, the species has adapted to a wide range of habitats but commonly found growing in understories of mixed woodland, as well as disturbed sites and is widely found growing along with common salal.

Site Conditions: The Low Oregon Grape is adaptable to a wide range of soil types. It grows equally well in moist to dry soil, but not saturated or standing water conditions. It also adapts well in full sun, partial shade or full shade conditions, but prefers partial shade.

Stock: This species is in stock and available for pickup at our Arlington, WA location or available for delivery

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