Tall Oregon-grape, also known as Holly-leaved Barberry (Mahonia Aquifolium) is an evergreen perennial shrub in the Barberry Family (Berberidaceae). It’s native to Western North America. Blooms Mar-May and grows 4-7 ft. Commonly found in Forests and Savannas. Tolerates moist to dry soils and partial shade to full sun exposure.
Tall Oregon-grape is the state flower of Oregon. It’s frequently used in stream and forest restoration projects because of it’s resistance to summer drought and compacted soils. It may grow as a vine in shaded areas; almost like is looking for sunlight. Direct sunlight makes for the most flowers and berries. Berries are a good food source for wildlife and humans alike. Not to be confused with the invasive/ornamental English Holly (ilex Aquifolium).