Leatherleaf Mahonia

Mahonia japonica 'Bealei'

SKU
06090
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.
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Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.

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Botanical Pronunciationma-HOH-nee-a BEE-le-eye
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 6 to 10 ft. tall, 4 to 5 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeEarly Spring
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Rustic
Growth Habit14
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBarrier, Border, Container, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Privacy Screen, Woodland Garden, Hillside, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsPartial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureImproved Pest and Disease Resistance, Ornamental Berries, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsMagnolia (Magnolia); Lily of the Valley (Pieris); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Viburnum (Viburnum); Mountain Laurel (Kalmia)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-8

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