Oregon-grape - Mahonia aquifolium

    Description

    Stoloniferous shrub to 1 metre, with a stout, scarcely branched stem. Leaves deep shiny green spine edged. Flowers yellow in clustered terminal racemes, fragrant. Berry rounded, black.

    Similar Species

    Other Mahonia species and hybrids are grown in gardens

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Wooded areas and hedgebanks, usually in shade.

    When to see it

    March to May.

    Life History

    Evergreen. Probably originally established in the wild from garden escapes.

    UK Status

    A naturalised plant, found fairly frequently in central and eastern Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 82 of the 617 tetrads.

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