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Mahonia Aquifolium (Oregon-Grape)

Posted by
Jules (Drayton, United Kingdom) on 4 April 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Mahonia Aquifolium is an evergreen shrub with leathery, pinnate leaves which are often spine-toothed, and with clustered racemes of sometimes fragrant yellow flowers

The Oregon grape is the toughest and most accommodating of all the mahonias, able to grow virtually anywhere and survive the hardest winter. The basic species, introduced from North America in 1823, is widely grown beneath taller shrubs and trees, as well as for its own sculptural beauty.

The Oregon grape bears small purplish-black fruits, which are quite tart and contain large seeds, the juice can be fermented to make wine, similar to European barberry wine, although it requires an unusually high amount of sugar.

Panasonic DMC-FZ18 1/320 second F/3.2 ISO 100 86 mm (35mm equiv.)

Panasonic DMC-FZ18
1/320 second
F/3.2
ISO 100
86 mm (35mm equiv.)

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