Profile: Chinese holly grape
Botanical Name: Mahonia lomariifolia
1.8m to 4m
This Chinese native is not
so widely grown on our shores, which is a great shame as it
is a low-maintenance, stunning plant, if you stay out of its way
it's leaves are fiercely spiky.
It's often referred to
as the Chinese holly grape (due to its holly-like appearance and
grape-like fruit) or the Burmese mahonia.
This narrow, tall plant
bears long green leaves, which cluster near the stem ends. The thick,
glossy leaves come in great contrast to the stunning blue berries
that cover the plant in spring and the autumn/winter blossom of
fragrant lemon-yellow flowers. The berries can even be made into
a scrumptious jam.
Year-round it offers
The plant prefers partial
shade and does best in moist soil, with good drainage.
It should be planted
out of the way of strong winds, in a fairly sheltered position.
It's a great plant for
growing in shady corners, in mixed hedges, or even as a potted indoor
This plant is fairly
hardy surviving most frosts, but doesn't do so well in strong,
chilling winds, particularly when young.
They don't often suffer
from disease or pests.
It can be propagated
from seed, or by rooting semi-hard tip cuttings taken in summer.
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