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Grapeholly Berberis ilicina

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Mahonia ilicina
Description

Grapeholly is an evergreen shrub in the barberry family.  This plant has incredibly long racemes of beautiful creamy yellow flowers that provide winter interest.  Plant them in the back of a border.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#yellow flowers#winter interest#cream flowers#border back#winter flowers
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#yellow flowers#winter interest#cream flowers#border back#winter flowers
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Berberis
    Species:
    ilicina
    Family:
    Berberis
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Northeastern Mexico
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Description:
    Grape-like berry fruits appear in the summer
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Gold/Yellow
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Winter
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Very long racemes 2 to 3 feet long that branch out with creamy 6 petaled flowers that have yellow centers appear in the winter and remain on the plant for a long bloom season.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Prickly
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Stiff spiky leathery pinnately compound leaves with 9-11 leaflets.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border