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Soft Caress Mahonia
Soft Caress Mahonia

Berberidaceae Mahonia Eurybracteata Soft Caress' PP20183

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Grows InZone 7A · 0° to 5° F through Zone 9B · 25° to 30° F
Sun ExposureMorning Sun / Evening Shade, Dappled Light / Filtered Sun
Soil DrainageWell Drained, Moderately Drained
Resistent ToDeer Resistant, Insect, Heat
Flower ColorYellow, Bright Yellow
BloomsFall Blooms, Winter Blooms, Winter Berries
Foliage ColorBlue Green
Average Height3' to 4'
Average Width3' to 4'
AttractsVisual Attention, Songbirds / Birds
FragrancesNone
Additional Information About Soft Caress Mahonia

Mahonia Eurybracteata 'Soft Caress' PP20183' is a moderate growing shrub that can be grown in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 7A through 9B. It matures to an average height of 3 feet to 4 feet and an average width of 3 feet to 4 feet, depending on climate and other environmental factors. It prefers growing in a location that provides morning sun with afternoon shade or filtered sun and grows best when planted in loam, clay or silt soil that is well drained or moderately drained. In the fall and winter Soft Caress Mahonia produces yellow and bright yellow flowers. The foliage is blue green in color. It attracts visual attention and songbirds / birds and is resistant to deer, insects and heat.

Soft Caress Mahonia can be useful in the landscape along woodland borders, in foundation plantings, in containers or planters, in shrub borders, as an accent, under a shade tree, in landscape beds or islands, to accentuate entryways, in small groupings or as a hedge and also in theme gardens, perennial gardens or shade gardens.

Soft Caress Mahonia

More about Soft Caress Mahonia...

Noteworthy Characteristics

When first laying eyes on 'Soft Caress' we didn't know it was a Mahonia. At first site we thought it might be unique variety of bamboo. Had it been in bloom we would have instantly recognized the genus by the pretty citron-yellow blooms held upright in clusters of "candles" which are typical of Mahonia. When we think of Mahonia, most of us think about holly-like stiff leaves with points on them. But, unlike the poky Holly-like foliage of other varieties of Mahonia, Soft Caress has elongated thread-like, soft-textured leaves that just beg you to touch or "caress" them. 

Needless to say, we picked up a few of these 'Southern Living Plant Collection' plants and planted them in a shady spot in our trial gardens. Since then we've been amazed at how hardy and tough such a soft and gentle looking plant has proven itself to be. Neither intense heat or below 20F temperatures have phased it. It just keeps growing and looks as nice in winter as it does in summer.

The unique threadleaf foliage of Soft Caress contrasts nicely with almost any other plant in the landscape. From mid-fall through mid-winter, numerous lightly fragrant and very long-lasting citron-yellow bloom clusters are produced at the ends of branches. The flowers are followed by attractive clusters of long-lasting silver-blue berries.

Uses

Reaching about 4 feet in height with an equal spread and thriving in morning sun or dappled light, 'Soft Caress' is an excellent choice for use in foundation plantings, landscape beds, shade gardens, near the garden pond, near sitting and outdoor living spaces, and even in containers. We've used Hosta, Helleborus, Heuchera, and perennial ferns as companions, underplanting with Vinca Minor or Creeping Jenny.

Culture & Care Tips

Soft Caress Mahonia is an exceptionally easy to grow plant in locations that provide well-drained but moist soil and shade, morning sun with afternoon shade, or filtered sun. It is also very easy to maintain requiring little or no pruning.


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So light and feathery

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by Marsha - Autstin, Texas

I love this plant for it's leaves and posture. I have not seen the blooms yet but hope they will come but if not, I love the plant anyway.


Don't push zone

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by Charles - Hayden, Idaho

Liked plant, but pushed my zone(6). Does not appear it survived the winter.


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