• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 10 to 15 feet tall if not pruned.
    Key Feature:
    Ornamental Berries
    Blooms:
    Winter flowers, followed by ornamental berries.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ma-HO-nee-uh MEED-ee-uh
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Narrow
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Reaches 10 to 15 feet tall if not pruned.
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Blooms:Winter flowers, followed by ornamental berries.
    Flower color:Yellow
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Companion PlantsHydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla); Astilbe (Astilbe); Hosta (Hosta); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Dogwood (Cornus); Winter Daphne (Daphne); Lenten Rose (Helleborus); Orange Sedge (Carex)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in average, well-drained soils; tolerates sandy sites and clay. Water regularly during the first growing season to develop a deep, extensive root system. Drought tolerant once established; supplement during hot summer spells. Shelter from winter winds. Fertilize in spring. Prune lightly after bloom for a more compact, bushy form.Pruning time: early spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Charity originated as a hybrid between M. japonica and M. lomariifolia at Donard Nursery in Northern Ireland.

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