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Soft Caress Mahonia*

Mahonia eurybracteata 'Soft Caress'

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Soft Caress Mahonia (Mahonia eurybracteata 'Soft Caress') at Peck's Green Thumb Nursery

Soft Caress Mahonia foliage

Soft Caress Mahonia foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Soft Caress Mahonia (Mahonia eurybracteata 'Soft Caress') at Peck's Green Thumb Nursery

Soft Caress Mahonia

Soft Caress Mahonia

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6

Other Names:  Oregon Grape

Description:

Fabulous groundcover with blue-green foliage that is pinnate and very narrow ; treasured for its rising racemes of bright yellow flowers and light blue berries; perfect for a woodland garden

Ornamental Features

Soft Caress Mahonia features bold racemes of fragrant yellow flowers rising above the foliage in late fall. It has attractive bluish-green foliage. The narrow pinnately compound leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding purple in the fall. It produces powder blue berries from late summer to early fall.

Landscape Attributes

Soft Caress Mahonia is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Soft Caress Mahonia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Soft Caress Mahonia will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

This plant is NOT RELIABLY WINTER HARDY and considered "TROPICAL" in our region. It must be over-wintered inside with supplemental heat or used as a 1-season annual plant. The plant's desirable characteristics make it a good choice for growing in patio containers or flower gardens. Contact the store for care and over-wintering information.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

This Plant Finder tool is an online catalog representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for availability. It does not include our entire inventory of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.