Creeping mahonia in bloom
Barberry Family (Berberidaceae)
Creeping holly grape
Creeping Oregon grape
Creeping western barberry
Dwarf Oregon grape
Creeping mahonia is a small woody evergreen shrub native mainly to western and northern North America. It is a long lived hardy plant that is adapted to USDA Zones 4 through 8 and grows on mountain slopes up to 10,000 feet.
Mahonia has a somewhat irregular shape and is about 2 feet tall and wide. Holly-like leaves and yellow clusters of flowers in spring and early summer make this plant an excellent tall groundcover with year round landscape interest. Dark blue/purple berries form after blooming in summer.
Mahonia is adapted to a wide variety of well drained soil types. This is one of the few native shrubs that that tolerates shade and sun.
birds and other wildlife are attracted to the berries