Mahonia aquifolium 'Compactum'

Oregon Grapeholly

Tips for Homeowners:

Shrub spreads by stolons and can be controlled by removing suckering growth.

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A holly-looking shrub that has something for every season; yellow flowers in spring, glossy green foliage in the summer, blue berries later summer and purplish foliage in fall and winter.

  • Handsome dark green foliage
  • Purple red foliage in the winter
  • Durable, low-maintenance shrub

Give plant room to grow in a natural habitat or woodland garden.

Height: 2-3 ft
Spread: 3-4 ft
Zone: 5-9
Color: Yellow

Interesting Notes about Oregon Grapeholly:

This shrub needs protection from wind and grows best in shade where it naturally colonizes.  When allowed to colonize it produces fruit more readily because it increases the chances for pollination.  The berries are edible but are a bit sour when eaten off the plant and make good jelly.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Ground Cover
  • Winter Interest
  • Edible
  • Naturalizing
  • Great Foliage
  • Attractive fruit
  • Low Maintenance
  • Mass Planting
  • Evergreen
  • Spring Bloomer

Foliage Color:

  • Dark Green
  • Purple


  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Songbirds

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Mounding

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer
  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Winter

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water
  • Moist, Well-Drained