Mahonia nervosa
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Mahonia nervosa

Oregon grape
longleaf mahonia

  family berberidaceae 
  genus mahonia 

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Genus  Mahonia Species  nervosa Variety  Cultivar  Common names  Oregon grape   longleaf mahonia Family  BERBERIDACEAE Specimen number  S10957 Data source  GrUnFr p255;Frgnt p118;Xeri p299
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Groundcover Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  2' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Dry Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  USDA zones 05a-09b AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Mahonia nervosa has flowers that are mildly sweet. Oregon grape (also known as longleaf mahonia) can survive cold winters where the average annual low is -20� Fahrenheit. It does well in dry soils. This plant tolerates occasional periods of drought.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  yes Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  The berries are 1/4 inch round or oblong, dark blue to purple-blue colored, hanging in grape-like clusters. It has slightly acidic soft flesh. As a food source, Mahonia nervosa is often used as juice, as a flavoring and in jelly. Oregon grape (sometimes called longleaf mahonia) is a good source for the production of wine.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  fragrant Fragrance parts  Flowers Fragrance intensity  Mild Fragrance category  Faintly sweet Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Seed   Suckers   Cutting Pollination method  Self fertile Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Juice   Wine   Flavoring   Jelly Nutritional value  Edible parts  Berries Description of edible parts 1/4 inch round or oblong, dark blue to purple-blue colored, hanging in grape-like clusters Flavor / texture  has slightly acidic soft flesh
Horticulture notes  No special fertilization is necessary for Mahonia nervosa to produce fruit. Oregon grape (in some places called longleaf mahonia) is often propagated by seed or using a sucker or using a cutting. This plant probably originates from North America.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Mahonia nervosa is a perennial.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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