Leatherleaf mahonia, Beale's barberry

Mahonia bealei

Photo/Illustration: 
Stephanie Fagan
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Leatherleaf mahonia, Beale's barberry (Mahonia bealei)
Leatherleaf mahonia  is a thick shrub with a formal feel. Its stiff, green-blue foliage looks something like holly foliage, and in spring, airy clusters of tiny, golden yellow flowers appear. These are followed in fall by inky blue berries. Consider this plant for a a mixed-shrub foundation planting, or use it as a hedge plant. -Nellie Neal, Regional Picks: Southeast, Fine Gardening issue #127
Care:  Moist, rich, well-drained soil.
Propagation:  From cuttings or seed.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Pace
Invasive/Aggressive Grower,
Moderate Grower
Light
Part Shade Only
Characteristics
Attracts Birds,
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Early Spring,
Spring
Flower Color
Yellow Flower
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Foundation Plantings,
Container,
Indoor Plant
Style
Foliage
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Drought Tolerant
Type
Shrubs

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