In landscaping scenarios, they serve well as a hedge. Although they are called Oregon Grapes - they are not really grapes and do not grow on a vine. They grow on a holly like evergreen shrub that reaches about 3 -6 feet in height, perfect as a hedge when properly pruned to the desired shapes and contours.
The flowers and foliage are also aesthetically pleasing, the flowers are a brilliant yellow contrasted by the deep green leathery leaves.
The fruits, which are berries - not grapes are very tart, and encase fairly large seeds. They are used to make preserves, desserts and even wine with enough sugar or blended with other fruits higher in natural sugars.
Oregon Grape Recipes
Oregon Grape Preserves
Oregon Grape Jam
Oregon Grape Mahonia Wine
Oregon grape root is an herbal medicine that is prepared as a tea, or a tincture. The tincture is also used to create a topical skin ointment for use against psoriasis.
Oregon grape root is used by herbalists for its purported ability to stimulate liver function, for blood cleansing and improving the flow of bile. Tinctures and Teas made from the roots are used to treat infectious stomach and intestinal ailments. It also functions as an antimicrobial.