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Mahonia bealei (Leatherleaf mahonia, Beale's barberry)

Mahonia bealei Photo/Illustration: Stephanie Fagan


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name:Mahonia bealei Common Name: Leatherleaf mahonia, Beale's barberry
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.
Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.;6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread 3 ft. to 6 ft.;6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Pace Invasive/Aggressive Grower;Moderate Grower
Light Part Shade Only
Tolerance Deer Tolerant;Drought Tolerant
Characteristics Attracts Birds; Fragrant Flowers; Showy Fruit
Bloom Time Early Spring; Spring
Foliage Color Evergreen
Flower Color Yellow Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Foundation Plantings, Indoor Plant
Style Foliage
Seasonal Interest Winter Interest, Spring Interest
Type Shrubs

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