Chinese grape shrub Mahonia 'Soft Caress' yellow - Hardy plant

Mahonia eurybracteata 'Soft Caress'

Chinese grape shrub Mahonia 'Soft Caress' yellow - Hardy plant

Mahonia eurybracteata 'Soft Caress'
Winter bloomer
Flowers in the winter! In the summer, enjoy the grey-green leaves of the Chinese grape shrub 'Soft Caress' (Mahonia eurybracteata). In the winter, admire the yellow flowers. In contrast to most species, the 'Soft Caress' does not have spikes. The leaves are actually nice and soft! This winter-hardy bush retains its leaves all year round!
Depending on your taste, cut off some protruding branches. Only cut the end off, not the entire branch. The amount of sunlight doesn't matter for the Mahonia. Water regularly after planting. Then give extra water in dry periods.
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Chinese grape shrub Mahonia 'Soft Caress' yellow - Hardy plant

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Seasonal effects

The appearance of shrubs changes between seasons. From a bare plant lying dormant in winter to fresh greenery in spring, in full bloom during summer to leaves changing colour and dropping in autumn. This is a natural process courtesy of mother nature. Our plants will be delivered accordingly.

Latin name: Mahonia eurybracteata 'Soft Caress'
Delivery type: Supplied as container plant
Guarantee: 6 months growth and flowering guarantee
Color: Yellow
Preferred location: Sun, Half shadow
Green stayer: No
Leafs all year: No
Hardy plants: Yes
Self polinating: No
Edible: No
Naturalizing: No
Scented: Deliciously Scented
Grafted: No
Cutting flowers: No
Flowering: August - October
Growing Height: 100 - 150 cm
Planting distance: 50 - 70 cm

This shrub will do well planted in part or full shade.

Moisten the roots of Mahonia eurybracteata ‘Soft Caress’ before planting - soak them in a bucket with lukewarm water. Prepare a spacious hole and loosen the soil. Plant the mahonia root ball at the right depth in the hole - the top of the root ball should be just slightly below ground level. Refill the hole and heel well in. Water immediately after planting. Mahonia eurybracteata ‘Soft Caress’ will thrive in fertile, humus rich soil that is not too dry. Improve poor garden soil with compost and well-rotted manure.

Mahonia bush with other plants

The yellow flowers of Mahonia eurybracteata ‘Soft Caress’ complement other yellow winter flowerers in the garden, like winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) and the yellow witchhazel (Hamamelis ‘Boskoop’). Or you could choose to plant with other evergreens like Buxus, Camellia and Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’, or conifers. It is also ideal as a solitary feature and for planting in the (shady) border.


The strong Mahonia eurybracteata ‘Soft Caress’ requires very little maintenance. This strong shrub grows quite easily in the garden. With very severe frost the leaves can become somewhat unsightly - you can cut them back in the spring. Pruning is otherwise unnecessary.

A mulch of compost and well-rotted manure will be appreciated in the winter. Water well in dry periods.

Mahonia eurybracteata ‘Soft Caress’ in the winter

This Chinese variety is less hardy than the common mahonia. It will thank you for some protection from more severe frost which could possibly affect the leaves. These can be pruned in the spring.


Evergreen Mahonia eurybracteata ‘Soft Caress’ flowers as early as November with striking yellow flowers. The flowers of this fine, almost fern-like leafed mahonia bush appear in deliciously smelling racemes. Flowers will be followed by beautiful blue berries on reddish stems. These berries are rather bitter but are fit for human consumption and full of vitamin C.

The delicate leaves remains on this thornless shrub all year long, staying surprisingly soft compared to other varieties of mahonia! A real asset to the winter garden and just a joy to behold all year round!


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