Mahonia nervosa

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USDA Hardiness zone: Zn6a -5º to -10ºF

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Cascades Mahonia is found throughout the western part of Oregon occupying shady environs under the tree canopy. Low growing creeping evergreen with large deep green leaves. They emerge in spring tinted bright salmon before settling to their mature color. In spring spikes of fragrant light yellow flowers appear and then turn into small edible blue berries. To just 2′ tall but a single plant can spread to 5′ wide in 6 years. Part shade to shade in rich, hummusy soil with regular summer water. Established plants get by with nothing. Takes some patience to establish and a lot of water.  Moderately deer resistant. Oregon native plant.

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