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I have this thing growing up through an azelia. I know it has to go, but (esp. @Walter Reeves) what IS it? Anybody?

Carey Last reply on Sep 16, 2016

It looks kind of like a holly of some sort, but the leaves are more broad than any holly I've seen! Also, if you know what it is, just what are those berries going to do? Flower? Change color? Stain my clothes?

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  • Patsy W
    Patsy W Smyrna, GA
    on Mar 30, 2012

    Mahonia...just move it.

  • Naomi J
    Naomi J Atlanta, GA
    on Mar 30, 2012

    Mahonia, the birds will clean off those berries in a matter of days

  • Jason
    Jason Marietta, GA
    on Mar 31, 2012

    Okay, okay! After enough of you have gushed over the beautiful mahonia, I'm not sure I'm just going to kill it off. Maybe there's a corner of the yard that could use a new plant. If anyone is in the Smyrna, Powder Springs, Marietta area and would like it for themselves, let me know. Also good to know: when is the best time for a transplant??? Keep in mind that digging this out will stress the mahonia and the intertwined azelia that I'm trying to keep!!!!

  • Caitlin M
    Caitlin M North Bend, WA
    on Mar 31, 2012

    Good question Jason! With all of these answers I still can't decide what to do about mine hovering over my rosemary...and the Mahonia is about 6ft tall. Would it be easier to move the rosemary, which is about 3x3ft?

  • Beth A
    Beth A Newton, AL
    on Mar 31, 2012

    Sometimes you just have to choose between damaging one desirable plant over another less desirable one. Even though many of us love Mahonia....its not a rare plant and would not be a great loss to just cut it down. If the azalea is the plant you want most, then protect it. Or...you can very carefully cut it out below the soil line...getting a few roots and pot it up until it can be given to someone or safely transplanted with healthy roots. Same with your Rosemary, Caitlin.

  • Jason
    Jason Marietta, GA
    on Mar 31, 2012

    Thanks, Beth! I'm goint to see how badly intertwined the roots are and then try your potting suggestion. If it survives my horrible gardening skills, I know I'll find a place for it!

  • Tara K
    Tara K
    on Jan 30, 2013

    Oregon grape is not only decorative, but useful. the berries can be picked for jelly. The variety growing in our area is hardy to Z3

  • Amanda
    Amanda Munfordville, KY
    on Mar 25, 2013

    This is an Oregon Gold Grape Holly. Wonderful Plants and quiet expensive. The need morning sun with shade in the hot afternoons. I had this plant and loved it!

  • Chesto48
    Chesto48 Irvington, AL
    on Aug 24, 2015

    I have several of these. Didn't know the name but very nice plant

  • Carey
    Carey Washtucna, WA
    on Sep 16, 2016

    I also have an oregon grape in my yard. I liked it at first and would have liked it much more in the fence row than in the middle of my flower bed. It got to big and I can't get it out!!

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