Oregon Grape Plants
Oregon grape plants are evergreen shrubs related to the barberry. Oregon grapes are not true grapes, but have clusters of berries that look like grapes. Oregon grape plants are resistant to summer drought, tolerate poor soils, and do not create excessive leaf litter. There are several cultivated varieties of Oregon Grape.
Grow Oregon Grape
Oregon grape usually grows well in zones 4 to 8. Oregon grape grow better in the shade in hot climates, and benefit from good protection from winter wind in colder areas. Oregon grape spreads by suckers.
Oregon Grape Uses
Oregon grape is used in gardens and natural landscaping similarly to barberry. Oregon grape berries are very tart, but used to make jellies and jams with the addition of a lot of sweetener. Oregon grape stems and roots are used to make a yellow dye, and the berries are used to make a purple dye.
Oregon Grape Facts
There are several species of Oregon Grape: Mahonia aquifolium is known as Tall Oregon Grape, Mahonia nervosa is known as Cascade, Low, or Dwarf Oregon Grape, and Mahonia repens is known as Creeping Oregon Grape.
Oregon Grape Farms
It may be possible to find any oregon grape farms near your location. We have built a map that will show all of the berry farms in our directory!
Oregon Grape Stories
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Sandy's Garden ... The Oregon Grape
He left his homeland at the age of 21 in 1796 to seek his fortune in America and by 1800 we know that he had settled in Philadelphia, where he was employed by William Duane, the owner of a newspaper entitled the Aurora. Apparently work in the newspaper ... Falkirk Herald [ story ]
Garden Docs: Is it a carpenter ant or a termite?
Tom G. asks: I have a buddleia that is large and very woody. A few of the stems are large, making it more difficult to prune. Last year I pruned it back to a height of around 4 feet. Gardening friends have suggested I prune it back even more. What ... Santa Rosa Press Democrat [ story ]