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Mahonia eurybracteata subsp. ganpinensis 'Soft Caress' (Oregon grape 'Soft Caress')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.2m
Max height
1.2m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Mahonia eurybracteata subsp. ganpinensis 'Soft Caress'

Other names

Oregon grape 'Soft Caress', Mahonia eurybracteata 'Soft Caress', Mahonia Soft Caress

Genus

Mahonia Mahonia

Variety or Cultivar

'Soft Caress' _ 'Soft Caress' is a compact, mound-forming, evergreen shrub bearing pinnate leaves with widely-spaced, linear to narrowly lance-shaped, toothed, dark olive green leaflets and, from mid-autumn into winter, arching to spreading racemes of lightly fragrant, bright yellow flowers followed by spherical, blue-black berries.


Mahonia eurybracteata subsp. ganpinensis 'Soft Caress' is: Evergreen

Habit

Compact, Cushion or Mound Forming

Flower

Bright-yellow in Autumn; Bright-yellow in Winter

Foliage

Olive green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Powdery mildew , Rust Powdery mildew , Rust

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 8

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings, Semi-ripe cuttings


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Where to grow

Mahonia eurybracteata subsp. ganpinensis 'Soft Caress' (Oregon grape 'Soft Caress') will reach a height of 1.2m and a spread of 1.2m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Banks and Slopes, Low Maintenance, Resistant to pollution, Wildlife, Drought Tolerant, Ground Cover, Woodland

Cultivation

More tender than other Mahonias, grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in a sheltered, partially shaded site. Against a shaded wall is ideal.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Mahonia eurybracteata subsp. ganpinensis 'Soft Caress'

Other names

Oregon grape 'Soft Caress', Mahonia eurybracteata 'Soft Caress', Mahonia Soft Caress

Genus

Mahonia Mahonia

Variety or Cultivar

'Soft Caress' _ 'Soft Caress' is a compact, mound-forming, evergreen shrub bearing pinnate leaves with widely-spaced, linear to narrowly lance-shaped, toothed, dark olive green leaflets and, from mid-autumn into winter, arching to spreading racemes of lightly fragrant, bright yellow flowers followed by spherical, blue-black berries.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Compact, Cushion or Mound Forming


Colour

Flower

Bright-yellow in Autumn; Bright-yellow in Winter

Foliage

Olive green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew , Rust

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 8

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings, Semi-ripe cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Mahonia eurybracteata subsp. ganpinensis 'Soft Caress' (Oregon grape 'Soft Caress') will reach a height of 1.2m and a spread of 1.2m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Banks and Slopes, Low Maintenance, Resistant to pollution, Wildlife, Drought Tolerant, Ground Cover, Woodland

Cultivation

More tender than other Mahonias, grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in a sheltered, partially shaded site. Against a shaded wall is ideal.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

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