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Mahonia x media 'Winter Sun'

Common Name(s):
Winter Sun
Cultivar(s):
'Winter Sun'
Category:
Shrubs
Comment:

'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 black berries in late spring that songbirds love to eat.

Height:
10
Foliage:
Course-textured, almost holly-looking foliage. Evergreen.
Flower:
December blooms of bright yellow flower spikes. More fragrant then the common leatherleaf mahonia.
Zones:
7 to 9
Site:
Partially shaded location, additional water during summer droughts.
Texture:
Course
Tags:
showstopper, show stopper, birds, fragrant, wildlife, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 3091