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Mahonia bealei

Common Name(s):
Leatherleaf mahonia
Category:
Shrubs
Comment:

Drought tolerant; good with contemporary designs; also good in wooded areas; color will bleach out if grown in full sun; flowers attract bees; fruit attracts birds

Height:
4-8 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, compound pinnate, leathery dark green to blue-green leaves; 1-2 feet long; 9-13 leaflets with 5-7 spines on each
Flower:
3-6 in. raceme of bright yellow flowers in winter; fragrant; bright blue fruit in summer
Zones:
7 to 9
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Partial shade; prefers moist, well-drained, acidic soil but tolerates heavy clay; avoid harsh winds; good in wooded setting
Texture:
Coarse
Form:
Informal multi-stemmed shrub; irregular; strong upright stems with limited branching
Width:
4-6 ft.
Tags:
evergreen

NCCES plant id: 1669

Mahonia bealei Mahonia bealei
Mahonia bealei Mahohia beali habit, in flower
Photo by Barbara Goodman