Chinese Mahonia

Mahonia fortunei

Handsome evergreen shrub with compact bushy stems. Compound leaves have a fern-like appearance. The narrow green leaflets are spiny with paler green undersides. Short yellow flower spikes.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical Pronunciationma-HOH-nee-a for-TU-ne-i
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing to 4 to 6 ft. high, 3 to 4 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasAn exceptional evergreen for foundation planting. A low maintenance filler for beds and borders. Best suited to Asian inspired gardens whether traditional or more spare modern Zen style. Will fit into tropical landscaping needing textural variations. Exceptional in modern gardens against light value walls and surfaces.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen
Growth HabitErect
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Hedge, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, North American Native Selection, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsMahonia is exceptional with Asian inspired Girard's Fuchsia Azalea, (Azalea 'Girard's Fuchsia'), Silver Dragon Lilyturf, (Liriope spicata 'Silver Dragon'), Spotted Dead Nettle, (Lamium maculatum 'Red Nancy') and Variegated Japanese Water Iris, (Iris ensata 'Variegata').

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, shear annually after flowering.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-9

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