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Our mission is to evaluate the landscape value of about 90 species and cultivars of the plant genus Mahonia. While most people know Mahonia as Oregon-grape, the genus includes about 100 species native to western North America and eastern Asia. Most of the Mahonia species and cultivars are unknown in Pacific Northwest gardens, but they show great potential for the region’s nursery and landscape industry.
The Pacific Northwest Mahonia Evaluation Project is the brainchild of Randall Hitchin, South Seattle College (SSC) landscape horticulture instructor. Its purpose is to evaluate the landscape value of about 90 species and cultivars of the plant genus Mahonia.This research is supported by a grant from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA)-Nursery Research Funding and is taking place on the campus of South Seattle College in collaboration with its Landscape Horticulture Program. Members of the Mahonia team include: Randall Hitchin, project leader; Van Bobbitt, retired SSC horticulture instructor; Walt Bubelis, retired Edmonds Community College horticulture instructor; Dr. Ross Bayton, plant taxonomist and garden writer; and rotating student interns.