Mahonia media Winter Sun (Oregon Grape) 2l

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Oregon Grape

This wonderful shade-loving shrub produces beautiful yellow flowers with a heady fragrance during winter.

Mahonia 'Winter Sun' is a striking architectural shrub and very useful for growing in a shaded area of the garden where many other varieties might struggle. The spiky evergreen foliage provides year-round colour and structure in shrubberies or borders, but one of the best things about it is the fabulous yellow flower spikes which are produced in the middle of winter, lighting up the garden and emitting the most wonderful fragrance. After flowering you can look forward to the interesting purple-black berries which provide that extra bit of detail during late spring and early summer. If you don't have a lot of time to spend tending to the garden, this easy-care shrub is a great choice for year-round interest. It's great for filling a large space but can also be kept compact by pruning after flowering.

Mahonia is a low maintenance and non-fussy plant, thriving in most soils and providing height and structure throughout the year.

Key Features

Plant Type: Shrub

Hardiness: H5 Hardy. Minimum temperature -15 to -10.

Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 4m x W 2.5m (Mature age: 10 Years) 

Foliage Colour: Green

Flower Colour: Yellow

Fragrant Flower: Yes

Aromatic Foliage: No

RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes

RHS Perfect for Pollinators: Yes

Foliage Type: Evergreen

Soil Type: Chalky, Clay, Loam, Sandy, Acid, Alkaline

Soil Drainage: Moist but Well Drained, Well Drained

Light Exposure: Part Shade, Full Shade

Planting Style: Coastal Garden, Wildlife Garden, Banks & Slopes, Urban Garden, Low Maintenance Garden, Damp Shade, Woodland Garden

Season of Interest: Winter

Flowering (from - to): December - January


Plant Care & Advice

Mahonia is a shade-loving shrub but can also tolerate full sun. It's perfect for growing in a sheltered shrubbery or under trees and provides architectural looks in contemporary or urban courtyard gardens.

This variety is fairly non fussy when it comes to soil. It thrives in most soil conditions, but prefers a damp location with moist, cool soil. Mahonia is a long-lived shrub and reaches a fairly large size, so it's best suited to growing in a border rather than a container.

After planting, water regularly until the roots have anchored in the soil. Water it frequently throughout the first summer season, after which it is pretty self sufficient. If planted in shade it will rarely require watering.

During the first season, it's a good idea to apply a general liquid feed occasionally to help it to establish.

Mahonia can be easily pruned to the correct size if space is limited. Pruning should take place after flowering (late spring) and is done using secateurs to snip up to 1/3 off each stem. When pruning, cut the stem just above a set of leaf buds or leaf-breaking point.

Rake away any fallen foliage as and when necessary as the spiky leaves can be very sharp, especially when dried.