Mahonia, Mahonia aquifolium, Oregon Grape, Mountain Grape

Origins       N. C. America, E. Asia
Type          Perennial (evergreen)
Hardiness   5 - 8
Bloom        Fall - Spring
Fruit          Fall
Height        3 - 6 ft (1 - 2 m)

Sun or semi-shade, likes rich, well-drained soils.

By semi-ripe cuttings taken in Summer and early Fall.

Mahonias look attractive all year round, and particularly during Winter. Fragrant blooms! Berries are edible. They are often used in pies, preserves and sometimes made into juices and wines. Medicinally, Mahonia had been described as the herb of the blood, good liver tonic and for treatment of some skin conditions. 

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References - Hardiness Zones
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