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Mahonia gracilipes
  • Mahonia gracilipes
  • Mahonia gracilipes

Mahonia gracilipes


(Chinese Mahonia) Fabulous, small and slow growing,  Mahonia gracilipes has eye-catching purple-red flowers and was first introduced to the United Kingdom by Roy Lancaster in 1980.

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A fabulous, small and slow growing Mahonia with eye-catching purple-red flowers which was first introduced to the United Kingdom by Roy Lancaster in 1980. The underside of the long, graceful leaves are chalky white and Mahonia gracilipes has delightful, purple-red flowers with creamy-yellow centers in late summer or autumn rather than spring (the more traditional flowering time for Mahonia).

Mahonia gracilipes is a lovely, interesting and rare garden plant.

This plant is grown from seed collected from the specimen in our arboretum and when more saleable plants are ready we relist this for sale.

  • Position: Full sun or partial shade.
  • Soil: Well drained, fertile soil.
  • Hardiness: Hardy. Mahonia gracilipes appreciates protection from cold winter winds.
  • Flowering Period: August - October.
  • Flower Colour: Purplish-red and cream
  • Rate of Growth: Slow.
  • Habit: Small or eventually medium sized shrub with a branching, open habit.
    • Height: up to 1.5 m (5 ft).
    • Spread: 2 m (6 ft).
  • Notes: We have a specimen of Mahonia gracilipes, planted in the arboretum surrounding our nursery. At 8 years old, it had reached a height of 0.75 m and a spread of 1 m.

Data sheet

How Much Sun
Full Sun, Light Shade
Eventual Size
Shrub - Small, Shrub - Medium
Growing Conditions
Soil: Acid, Soil: Not Fussy
Special Features
Evergreen, Flowers in Autumn, Flowers in Summer, Rare and Unusual, Suitable for Containers

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