Mahonia x media 'Winter Sun'
- Common Name(s):
- Winter Sun
- 'Winter Sun'
'Winter Sun' mahonia is a statuesque, evergreen shrub that makes an interesting focal point for the winter garden. In December, 'Winter Sun' lights up any garden with its bright yellow flower spikes perched above its course-textured, almost holly-looking, foliage.
Chosen as an improved selection in Ireland in 1966, this mahonia hybrid is a relative newcomer to the Carolinas. It has a more compact habit with more fragrant flowers than the common leatherleaf mahonia.
Even with its compact growth habit, 'Winter Sun' will still reach a height of 10 feet if left unpruned. Set out this mahonia in a partially shaded location. Additional water is essential during prolonged summer droughts.
As an added benefit, the plant produces grape-like clusters of blackberries in late spring that songbirds love to eat.
- Course-textured, almost holly-looking foliage. Evergreen.
- December blooms of bright yellow flower spikes. More fragrant then the common leatherleaf mahonia.
- 7 to 9
- Partially shaded location, additional water during summer droughts.
NCCES plant id: 3091