Oregon grape ‘Soft Caress’

narrow spine free leaves and plentiful, delicate spires of yellow, honey-scented flowers in autumn. Plant of the year at Chelsea 2013

Mahonia eurybracteata subsp. ganpinensis ‘Soft Caress’
  • evergreen shrub
  • compact, mound-forming,
  • lance-shaped, olive green leaflets
  • racemes of bright yellow flowers
  • lightly fragrant
  • spherical, blue-black berries
  • blooms mid-autumn into winter


part shade

moist well-drained

Notes: This plant has been on my wishlist for some time. Purchased Spring 2022 Matlock garden centre. Grew Mahonia japonica in my London garden but Mahonia eurybracteatas are native to China. Its bamboo like leaves suit the Japaneseque garden and February 2023 planted in the ‘Second Sight’ bed