A fabulous and graceful Mahonia native to China, Mahonia gracilipes has the broadest leaflets of any mahonia we’ve seen and the most stunning leaf undersides you’ve ever seen, bright white to silvery blue and a shocking contrast to the deep blue-green leaves especially when the wind reveals them. Airy and delicate purplish red flowers appear in summer, a nice break from the constant yellows of most other Mahonia flowers, followed by ornamental deep blue fruits in fall through winter. A great choice for the shade or woodland garden, but can also take full sun if given enough summer water.
Latin Name: Mahonia gracilipes, syn. Berberis gracilipes
Site and Soil: Full sun and very well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Self fruitful
Hardiness: Hardy to about 0° F.
Size at Maturity: 5-6 ft in height and width, smaller with pruning.
Bloom Time: Summer
Pests & Diseases: No pests or diseases that we’ve seen on our plants here in Portland
USDA Zone: 7a