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Soft Caress has elongated thread-like, soft-textured leaves that just beg you to touch or "caress" them. Scroll down for more details!

Soft Caress Mahonia

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Soft Caress Mahonia
Mahonia eurybracteata  'Soft Caress' PP20183

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-9b  Find Your Zone

Note: For our customers who live and garden North of USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 7a, where this Mahonia is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and place back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.

Special Attributes

When first laying eyes on 'Soft Caress' we didn't know this new Southern Living Plant Collection plant was a Mahonia. At first site we thought it might be unique variety of bamboo. Had it been in bloom we would have instantly recognized the genus by the pretty citron-yellow blooms held upright in clusters of "candles" which are typical of Mahonia. When we think of Mahonia, most of us think about holly-like stiff leaves with points on them. But, unlike the poky leaves of other mahonia varieties, Soft Caress has elongated thread-like, soft-textured leaves that just beg you to touch or "caress" them.  

In 2012, we picked up a few Soft Caress Mahonia and planted them in a shady spot in our trial gardens. Since then we've been amazed at how hardy and tough such a soft and gentle looking plant has proven itself to be. Neither intense heat or below 20 F temperatures have phased it. It just keeps growing and looks as nice in winter as it does in summer.

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing 3-4 feet tall and wide, Soft Caress Mahonia is ideal for use as an accent in small, shady garden spaces. Use it in groupings, mass plantings, or as a natural hedge in larger landscape borders and home foundation plantings. A fine addition to shade, cottage gardens, rock, Asian, and tropical look gardens. Consider Creeping Jenny or Vinca minor (Evergreen Periwinkle) as an underplanting. 

Spacing:  2.5' for solid hedges or mass plantings; 5' or more for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

Soft Caress Mahonia is very easy to grow in most any average, moist but well-drained soil and shade to part shade. Morning sun with afternoon shade is okay, but avoid direct afternoon sun. Very easy to maintain requiring little or no pruning.

Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-9b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Evergreen Flowering Shrub 
Height at Maturity:  3-4'
Width at Maturity:  3-4'
Spacing:  2.5' for solid hedges or mass plantings; 5' or more for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Bushy, Irregular, Upright
Growth Rate:  Slow or Moderate
Flower Color:  Yellow
Flower Size:  Small, 0.5"
Flowering Period:  Late Winter, Early Spring
Flower Type:  Single
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Dark Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Shade or Mostly Shade, All Day Filtered Sun, Morning Sun With Afternoon Shade
Water Needs:  Very Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sandy, Silty
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist 
Soil pH:  6.0 - 8.0 (Slightly Acid to Slightly Alkaline)
Maintenance / Care:  Very Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Heat, Insect

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