• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Year-round Interest
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ma-HOH-nee-a a-kwi-FOH-li-um
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:2 - 12, 14 - 21, 31 - 41
    Growth habit:Compact
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:Yellow
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Rustic
    Design IdeasThis smaller version of Oregon Grape is more versatile as a shrub. Useful in smaller city gardens, where its dense evergreen foliage covers the exposed legs of taller plants. Use as a small hedge or edging material to cover the underpinnings of decks and steps. Plant near rocks or dry streambeds in wild gardens or add a clump to edge plants near water gardens for an interesting foliage variation. Ideal for unique form and texture in shaded condo or town-house patio gardens.
    Companion PlantsLily of the Valley (Pieris); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Viburnum (Viburnum); Magnolia (Magnolia); Mountain Laurel (Kalmia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in humus-rich, evenly moist, well-drained soils; tolerates sandy sites and clay. Shelter from drying winds and harsh sun in hot southern regions. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to develop an extensive root system. Fertilize in spring. Slowly spreads; prune suckers promptly, unless naturalizing is desired.Pruning time: spring after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.