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Leatherleaf Mahonia

Mahonia japonica 'Bealei'

Pronunciation: ma-HOH-nee-a BEE-le-eye
SKU #06090

Good to grow! 8

Description 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.
Light Partial sun
Watering Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.
Blooms Early Spring
Mature Size Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 10 ft. tall, 4 to 5 ft. wide.
Deciduous/Evergreen Evergreen
Special Features Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Ornamental Berries, Waterwise, Benefits Birds
Growth Rate Moderate
Flower Attributes Fragrant, Showy Flowers
Landscape Use Barrier, Border, Container, Privacy Screen, Hillside
Design Ideas This 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.
Flower Color Yellow
Foliage Color Green
Companion Plants Magnolia (Magnolia); Lily of the Valley (Pieris); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Viburnum (Viburnum); Mountain Laurel (Kalmia)
Care 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.

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