Mahonia x media ‘Winter Sun’

Oregon Grape

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Mahonia x media ‘Winter Sun,’ also known as Winter Sun Mahonia or Oregon Grape, is a striking evergreen shrub renowned for its glossy dark green leaves, which turn reddish-purple in colder temperatures. It blooms with fragrant yellow flowers from late autumn through winter, attracting pollinators, and later produces bluish-black berries. This compact shrub provides year-round visual interest, especially during the winter months when its blooms stand out. ‘Winter Sun’ is a versatile, low-maintenance ornamental shrub used for focal points, structural elements, or mass plantings in gardens and landscapes.


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Origin: Hybrid of horticultural origin
Genus: Mahonia
Species / Cultivar: media 'Winter Sun'
Common Name: Oregon Grape

Plant Biography

Mahonia x media ‘Winter Sun’ is a cultivated hybrid resulting from the crossbreeding of Mahonia japonica and Mahonia lomariifolia, combining features like glossy green leaves and architectural growth. This hybrid, introduced in the mid-to-late 20th century, gained popularity for its year-round visual interest, including fragrant winter blooms. ‘Winter Sun’ is valued for its adaptability and low maintenance, representing the art of plant breeding and the enduring appeal of ornamental hybrids.

Mahonia x media 'Winter Sun'
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun to Part Shade
Enjoys direct sun most of the day, but tolerant of fewer sunlit hours or light dappling.
Eventual Height: 1.8-3m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1.5-2.5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Mahonia x media ‘Winter Sun’ is low-maintenance, thriving in well-draining soil with consistent moisture. It prefers partial to full shade but can tolerate some sun. Prune after flowering to maintain shape and remove dead branches. Fertilisation is rarely needed unless nutrient deficiencies are evident.

‘Winter Sun’ typically reaches 1.8 to 2.5 metres in height and spread, though this can vary. Plan its placement in your garden, allowing space for its mature size to maximize its visual appeal.


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