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Pleasantly scented and honey, the numerous small flowers Oregon grape lemon yellow stretch cluster for weeks, from December to April. Flowering followed by small blue-black berries.

Glazed, thorny, glossy dark green above, yellowish green on the reverse of the evergreen Oregon grape is very decorative. The ribs are exposed to the lower face. And young leaves are a beautiful bronze color. Preferably plant three subjects together for a more dramatic effect. Near the house, you will enjoy its light and its fragrance. Shaded massive, it will thrive in the company of plants that appreciate, like him, partial shade and some acidity.

The key to the success of Oregon grape

The Oregon grape like a temperate climate with mild winters, a good summer moisture, soil generously amended in humus. He fears the sharp cold and strong temperature variations, high winds and dry soil in summer.

Very tolerant of soil quality, it prefers land rather sandy, slightly acidic or neutral and well enriched with humus before planting. L’incorporation’organic fertilizer made from manure and’algae is highly recommended. In highly calcareous soils, it will add peat blond or ericaceous order’slightly acidify the soil.

  • Make the planting of preference between October and March-April.
  • The mahonias are always presented in containers, which ensures the recovery fail.
  • Planting distance: an average of 1.50 meters.

His Growth is slow, about twenty centimeters per year. L’shrub adult measures on average 2 to 3 meters tall, but some exceptional subjects reach 5 meters.

Care of the Oregon grape

Young subjects deserve to be tutored because the stems are sometimes a little too soft to carry the large bunch of leaves and flowers without bending. They must also necessarily be pruned after flowering, to d’encourage the plant to branch: Remove the bouquet of terminal leaves a pinch. As an adult, Oregon grape requires virtually any size. Be content with’remove damaged or dry twigs and remove faded flower stalks.

Water to maintain the still slightly moist soil during the first year of cultivation. A mulch to protect the roots from freezing at intense cold. Mulch compost or mulch to’barks bring the’humus, while maintaining good soil cool, and hampering the growth of weeds.

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