Mahonia 'Soft Caress'

Mahonia eurybracteata subsp. ganpinensis

Hardy Shrub

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2013

A superb evergreen shrub

First of its kind to have spine free foliage

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A mahonia without the spiny stems! This compact evergreen shrub won the RHS Chelsea Flower Show's 'Plant of the Year' in 2013. Flowering in the autumn with delicate spikes of yellow, honey-scented flowers, Mahonia 'Soft Caress' is a valuable plant for late season colour, and adds an exotic touch to the garden with its slender palm-like foliage. Grow this splendid hardy shrub in borders or patio containers for year-round interest. The flowers are also very attractive to bees. Height and spread: 1.2m (4'). Supplied in a 13cm pot.

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Culinary information: The ripe fruits are too acidic to eat raw but can be stewed with sugar or other fruits and made into jelly or pies. They are used to help the milder flavour of some fruits or to make a lemonade-like drink. Young leaves are simmered in water and eaten as a snack. For more details about edible flowers click here.

Height Up to 120cm (48in)
Spread Up to 120cm (47in)

Hardy Shrub

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sun or semi shade

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2 mahonia plant in 9cm pots (KB4880)
2 mahonia plants in 13cm pots (V47325PB)
1 mahonia plant in 9cm pot (KB4732)
1 mahonia plant in 13cm pot (V47324A)

Gradually acclimatise Mahonia shrubs to outdoor conditions over a period of 7 to 10 days before planting into their final positions in fertile, moist, well-drained garden soil, with shelter from cold winds. Prior to planting, incorporate plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost into the soil. Choose a sunny or partly shaded position, and plant Mahonia at the same depth as it was planted in its pot. Alternatively grow Mahonia 'Soft Caress' in patio containers filled with loam-based compost such as John Innes No.3.
Feed and water regularly throughout the growing season until young Mahonia plants are fully established. In spring, apply a mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost to the base of the plant. Mahonia 'Soft Caress' requires little pruning. Prune in mid-spring to remove any damaged, diseased or wayward shoots which spoil the shape.

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Van Meuwen strives to ensure that all its plants are delivered to you in the perfect condition for planting. Sadly, the time it takes to deliver to certain locations in the UK means that we can't guarantee this, so regretfully we are unable to ship live plants to the following areas: HS, IV41-IV49, IV51, IV55-56, KW15-KW17, PA34, PA41-48, PA60-PA78, PA80, PH40-PH44, TR21-TR24, ZE1-ZE3

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