Chinese Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’ ‘Soft Caress’ - Shrub

Mahonia eurybracteata ‘Soft Caress’
Chinese Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’ ‘Soft Caress’

A unique thornless mahonia shrub!

This lovely new variety is very different from the more well-known mahonia bush. Chinese Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’ is thornless and its very fine, almost fern-like, soft leaves are present throughout the year! The fragrant flowers are followed by attractive blue frosted berries in autumn! This species is attractive the whole year round!
Delivery height 15 cm.
This plant won 'Plant of the year 2013' at the Chelsea Flower Show.
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5-12 Working Days
£ 14.99

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Flowering Period

Planting and flowering details
  • Planting
  • This shrub will do well planted in part or full shade.

    Moisten the roots of Mahonia eurybracteata ‘Soft Caress’ before planting - soak them in a bucket with lukewarm water. Prepare a spacious hole and loosen the soil. Plant the mahonia root ball at the right depth in the hole - the top of the root ball should be just slightly below ground level. Refill the hole and heel well in. Water immediately after planting. Mahonia eurybracteata ‘Soft Caress’ will thrive in fertile, humus rich soil that is not too dry. Improve poor garden soil with compost and well-rotted manure.
    Mahonia bush with other plants
    The yellow flowers of Mahonia eurybracteata ‘Soft Caress’ complement other yellow winter flowerers in the garden, like winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) and the yellow witchhazel (Hamamelis ‘Boskoop’). Or you could choose to plant with other evergreens like Buxus, Camellia and Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’, or conifers. It is also ideal as a solitary feature and for planting in the (shady) border.
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  • Care
  • The strong Mahonia eurybracteata ‘Soft Caress’ requires very little maintenance. This strong shrub grows quite easily in the garden. With very severe frost the leaves can become somewhat unsightly - you can cut them back in the spring. Pruning is otherwise unnecessary.

    A mulch of compost and well-rotted manure will be appreciated in the winter. Water well in dry periods.
    Mahonia eurybracteata ‘Soft Caress’ in the winter
    This Chinese variety is less hardy than the common mahonia. It will thank you for some protection from more severe frost which could possibly affect the leaves. These can be pruned in the spring.
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  • Specifics
  • Evergreen Mahonia eurybracteata ‘Soft Caress’ flowers as early as November with striking yellow flowers. The flowers of this fine, almost fern-like leafed mahonia bush appear in deliciously smelling racemes. Flowers will be followed by beautiful blue berries on reddish stems. These berries are rather bitter but are fit for human consumption and full of vitamin C.

    The delicate leaves remains on this thornless shrub all year long, staying surprisingly soft compared to other varieties of mahonia! A real asset to the winter garden and just a joy to behold all year round!
    Mahonia belongs to the barberry family (Berberidaceae).
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  • Extra information
  • Latin name Mahonia eurybracteata ‘Soft Caress’
    Delivery type Supplied as container plant
    Guarantee 5 years guarantee
    Color Yellow
    Light preference full sun ,  partial sun
    Scented deliciously scented
    Flowering period August - October
    Growing height100 - 150 cm
    Planting distance50 - 70 cm
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