• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial sun
    Watering 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.
    Key Feature:
    Year-Round Interest
    Early Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ma-HOH-nee-a BEE-le-eye
    Plant type:Shrub
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 10 ft. tall, 4 to 5 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Early Spring
    Flower color:Yellow
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Rustic
    Design 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)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives 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:
    <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 sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.