Fruit - raw or cooked. We have no specific information on the fruit of this species, but all members of the genus have more or less edible fruit.
There are no material uses listed for Mahonia gracilipes.
Berberine, universally present in rhizomes of Mahonia species, has marked antibacterial effects
and is used as a bitter tonic
. Since it is not appreciably absorbed by the body, it is used orally in the treatment of various enteric infections, especially bacterial dysentery
. It should not be used with Glycyrrhiza species (Liquorice) because this nullifies the effects of the berberine
. Berberine has also shown antitumour activity
. The root and root bark are best harvested in the autumn
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame
. It usually germinates in the spring[K]. 'Green' seed (harvested when the embryo has fully developed but before the seed case has dried) should be sown as soon as it is harvested and germinates within 6 weeks[K]. Stored seed should be sown as soon as possible in late winter or spring. 3 weeks cold stratification will improve its germination, which should take place in 3 - 6 months at 10°c. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer.
Division of suckers in spring. Whilst they can be placed direct into their permanent positions, better results are achieved if they are potted up and placed in a frame until established.
Leaf cuttings in the autumn.
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An easily grown shrub, it thrives in any good garden soil
including heavy clays. Prefers a semi-shaded woodland position in a damp, slightly acid to neutral humus-rich soil
Plants can tolerate temperatures down to about -10°c.
Plants are very tolerant of pruning and can be cut right back into old wood if they have outgrown their welcome.
Plants produce suckers and form gradually spreading clumps.
Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus.
Problems, pests & diseases
Associations & Interactions
There are no interactions listed for Mahonia gracilipes. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.
Polycultures & Guilds
There are no polycultures listed which include Mahonia gracilipes.
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