Charity Mahonia

Mahonia x media 'Charity'

This statuesque, carefree shrub is a stellar plant for the winter garden. Dramatic, frond-like leaves grow in whorls along coarsely branched, upright stems. Great sprays of soft yellow flowers appear in winter, developing clusters of black ornamental berries by late summer and fall. A strong focal point in the landscape. Evergreen.
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Filtered sun, Full shade, Partial shade, Partial sun

Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical Pronunciationma-HO-nee-uh MEE-dee-uh
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 10 to 15 ft. tall and wide, in natural form.
Bloom TimeWinter flowers, followed by ornamental berries in summer and fall.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Rustic
Growth HabitNarrow
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Hedge, Mass Planting, Woodland Garden, Wildlife Garden, Dry Shade
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full shade, Partial shade, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Ornamental Berries, Shade Loving, Waterwise, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsHydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla); Astilbe (Astilbe); Hosta (Hosta); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Dogwood (Cornus); Winter Daphne (Daphne); Lenten Rose (Helleborus); Orange Sedge (Carex)

Thrives in average, well-drained soils; tolerates sandy sites and clay. Shelter from winter winds. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to develop root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates mild periodic drought. Fertilize in spring. Prune lightly after bloom for a more compact, bushy form.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-9

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