Mahonia japonica 'Bealei'Item #6090 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 8
An attractive, upright shrub with distinctive evergreen foliage and terminal clusters of showy, fragrant yellow flowers followed by highly ornamental, powder-blue to black, grape-like fruit clusters. The spiny leaves make a fine barrier plant or specimen. Plant groupings to increase flower and fruit production. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 10 ft. tall, 4 to 5 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:ma-HOH-nee-a BEE-le-eyePlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 10 ft. tall, 4 to 5 ft. wide.Special features:Bird Friendly, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Ornamental Berries, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:GreenBlooms:Early SpringFlower color:YellowDesign IdeasThis Mahonia is less suited to Western native landscapes because of its unique, exotic character. Its fall color and tall growth have made it a favorite for Asian-inspired garden themes. A fine single specimen near rocks and waterfalls. Gang them under the high canopies of conifer or broadleaf shade trees. Or, use as foundation planting on those difficult northern exposures. A good plant for shaded courtyards and around recessed entries. Can be clipped to fit gracefully into the most difficult spaces. Also makes a reliable dense hedge with seasonal offerings of flowers, berries and fall color.Companion PlantsMagnolia (Magnolia); Lily of the Valley (Pieris); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Viburnum (Viburnum); Mountain Laurel (Kalmia)
- CareCare InformationThrives in moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil. Shelter from drying winds and harsh sun in hot summer regions. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to develop an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates mild drought. Fertilize in spring. Prune lightly for a tidy appearance.Pruning time: spring after flowering.Light Needs:Partial sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.