Mahonia, Oregon Grape 'Soft Caress'


Family: Berberidaceae (bear-ber-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Mahonia (ma-HO-nee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Soft Caress
Additional cultivar information:(PP20183)
Hybridized by Stever
Registered or introduced: 2006



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade

Full Shade


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Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Winter



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:


Townsend, Delaware

Largo, Florida

Umatilla, Florida

Bishopville, Maryland

Wykagyl, New York

Kure Beach, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina (2 reports)

Wake Forest, North Carolina

Bucyrus, Ohio

Bluffton, South Carolina

Saint Helena Island, South Carolina

Fort Worth, Texas

Richmond, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 4, 2015, VA_GARDEN from Hood, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Neither of the two plants I put in in the summer of 2013 made it through the winter. Although our winter was unusually cold, it did not get down to 0. One plant struggled to send up a couple of shoots from the roots in the spring, but died by mid summer.


On Jul 22, 2014, dabrar from Arden, NC wrote:

I'm in zone 7, and these plants did not survive our cold winter.


On Mar 28, 2014, libbygood from Alexandria, VA wrote:

Love the plant, but the seven I planted in the fall were wiped out by our cold winter. It never got below zero here...and the grower's description said hardy to zero...but all seven are dead to the ground. I have some dim hope that they may grow back from the roots. But beware...these are not reliably hardy in Zone 7.


On Feb 7, 2012, joegee from Bucyrus, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

This plant thrives in my zone 5b climate with proper siting and winter protection (planting close to a foundation, and garbage bags full of leaves mounded around the plant.) The minimal effort required in protecting this beauty is rewarded by the soft pinnate foliage and the lovely yellow blossoms.

Don't sell yourself short if one of these appears in your local garden centers and you don't live in zone 7a. Try careful siting and protection, and you too can be rewarded with a beautiful specimen planting.


On Oct 30, 2011, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Foliage have points but not nearly as sharp as regular mahonia. Also has yellow raceme of flowers and blue berries. This plant does not like to be overwatered! I had to transplant mine to a shady but drier location b/c I was killing it slowly to excessive water. Slow grower. Low maintenance once you have a handle on moisture requirements.