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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

CareMoist, rich, well-drained soil.

PropagationFrom cuttings or seed.

  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Uses : Containers, Foundation Plantings
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant, Drought Tolerant
  • Bloom Time : Early Spring, Spring
  • Growth Rate : Fast, Moderate
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Showy Fruit
  • Light : Partial Shade
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : Yellow
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