• Mahonia eurybracteata subsp. ganpinensis 'Soft Caress'
  • Mahonia eurybracteata subsp. ganpinensis 'Soft Caress'
  • Mahonia eurybracteata subsp. ganpinensis 'Soft Caress'
  • Mahonia eurybracteata subsp. ganpinensis 'Soft Caress'

Mahonia eurybracteata subsp. ganpinensis 'Soft Caress'

Grape Holly, Holly Grape
Size: ex 1.5L pots

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Quick Overview

  • Sculptural thread-like pinnate foliage
  • Yellow flowers
  • Blue berries
  • Fully hardy
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Description

Mahonia eurybracteata subsp. ganpinensis 'Soft Caress' won the Award for Plant of the Year at the 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. It has soft pinnate palm-like foliage and is quite different from the stiff leathery leaves of Mahonia eurybracteata subsp. eurybracteata. That old chestnut of 'when is a plant a Mahonia and when is a plant a Berberis' remains relevant and no doubt, taxonomists will be arguing about it for centuries to come. Technically, or at least according to the latest details from the Kew Plant List, Mahonia eurybracteata subsp. ganpinensis is actually Berberis ganpinensis. The original Chinese infraspecific variety Mahonia eurybracteata subsp. ganpinensis is found in the Chinese provinces of Guizhou, Hubei and Sichuan but Mahonia eurybracteata subsp. ganpinensis 'Soft Caress' was originally developed by renowned plantsman Ozzie Johnson and patented by ITSaul Plants where he is a partner. ITSaul states: " 'Soft Caress’ is discovered as a naturally occurring whole plant mutation in summer of 2001 in a nursery in Chamblee, Georgia. The new cultivar was derived from sown seeds of unnamed plants of Mahonia and was selected for its thread-like foliage." The plant was introduced to the American market in 2006.

Mahonia eurybracteata subsp. ganpinensis 'Soft Caress' is a wonderful plant and you should definitely own one - or probably several. Its foliage is very exotic and reminiscent of a small understory palm.

Additional Information

Order Ranunculales
Family Berberidaceae
Sub-Family No
Synonyms Berberis eurybracteata, Berberis ganpinensis, Mahonia berberidifolia, Mahonia confusa var. bournei, Mahonia ganpinensis,
Geographical Origin Horticultural cultivar. Type species from China: Guizhou, Hubei, Sichuan
Cultivation Prefers partial or dappled shade. Any well-drained soil
Eventual Height 2 m
Eventual Spread 1 m
Hardiness Fully hardy

Mahonia eurybracteata subsp. ganpinensis 'Soft Caress'

Grape Holly, Holly Grape
Size: ex 1.5L pots

Availability: Sold Out

£13.99
You could receive 20 Palm Points for writing a review and/or rating this product.

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