Oregon Grape, Holly-Leaved Barberry

Oregon Grape

Mahonia aquifolium

Near parks, gardens or cemeteries, the Oregon Grape or Holly-Leaved Barberry (Mahonia aquifolium) can be seen growing wild. It is not native to Europe but is originally from North America.

The shrub, which can reach a height of 2 metres, belongs to the barberry family (Berberidaceae).

Mahonia aquifolium
Mahonia aquifolium can flower from February.

Mahonia aquifolium is evergreen and can flower as early as February. The berries appear from June, but it takes until November until they are ripe. Their flesh is said to be edible, at least in small quantities. The other parts of the plant are poisonous (source).

Oregon Grape as a hedge
Oregon Grape as a hedge along the fence of a park.

Oregon grape grows in sunny to shady places and can be found along roadsides and in shrub borders. It is adaptable and can also cope with dry and sandy soil.

Oregon Grape by the roadside
Oregon Grape by the roadside.

More members of the Berberidaceae family