- Common Name(s):
- Oregon grape holly
Drought tolerant; slow-growing, but suckers and may form colonies. Best in light shade; color will bleach out if grown in full sun; dislikes summer heat.
Neither a grape or a holly, a member of the barberry family. Some consider one of the best garden shrubs for eastern gardens, from the Lewis and Clark Expedition collection.
- 3-6 ft.
- Alternate, compound, leathery, glossy leaves; 6-12 in. long; 5-9 leaflets; reddish bronze new growth; purplish bronze in winter
- 2-3 in. racemes of yellow flowers in early spring; mild fragrance; blue-black berries in summer. Raisin-sized berries crown the branches with rows of waxy, bluish fruit.
- 4 to 7
- Partial shade; moist, well-drained, acidic soil; avoid hot, dry sites and harsh winds
- Coarse to medium
- Informal; irregular; upright stems with limited branching
- 3-5 ft.
NCCES plant id: 1668