FLOWERING SHRUB. Evergreen shrubs sometimes listed in catalogues under berberis but which can be distinguished by the spinelessand the pinnate or compound , I.e. several joined to a common stalk. aquifolium or Oregon grape reaches 3 to 4 ft., thriving in sun or shade. It is perfectly happy growing under trees. The rich yellow appear in early spring, followed by blue-black fruits which make a pleasing jelly. The leaves often turn purplish-red in winter. Makes a good 4 ft. hedge, especially in town gardens. The plant often catalogued as Mahonia japonica bealei (the precise name is probably uncertain) is a magnificent shrub to about 9 ft. when well established, with clusters of fragrant lemon-yellow flowers in late winter. It prefers a sheltered , though quite hardy. Increase both species by sown in a cold frame in early autumn.