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‘Charity’ mahonia

Mahonia × media 'Charity'

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Few shrubs offer flowers as late as this one, which starts blooming in late October or early November. The upright, 10- to 12-inch-wide flower clusters last until January or February, then give way to long strings of dark purple fruit that the birds devour. The evergreen foliage is so architectural, ‘Charity’ would be a spectacular shrub even if it didn’t bloom. Some years, the leaves turn red, but instead of relying on it, consider it a pleasant surprise when it happens.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsShowy flowers in fall and winter; bird-attracting fruit; evergreen, architectural foliage.

CareProvide partial sun to fairly deep shade and moist, well-drained soil.

ProblemsGenerally trouble-free.

  • Genus : Mahonia
  • Plant Height : 10 to 15 feet
  • Plant Width : 10 to 15 feet
  • Zones : 8, 9
  • Bloom Time : Fall, Late Fall, Winter
  • Tolerance : Frost Tolerant
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Uses : Shade
  • Characteristics : Showy Fall Foliage, Showy Foliage, Showy Fruit
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : Yellow

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