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Longleaf Mahonia

Mahonia nervosa

Great as a woodland groundcover, low barrier planting, or facing for taller mahonias. Effect is that of a mass of stiff, leathery ferns. Produces clusters of yellow flowers. Native to woodlands of the Pacific Northwest. Best in shade, takes sun in cooler climates. Evergreen.
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Filtered sun, Full shade, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun

Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.


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Average Size at MaturityModerate growing to 2 ft. tall; spreads by underground stems.
Bloom TimeSpring
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Garden StyleContemporary, Rustic
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBarrier, Border, Firescaping/Firewise, Mass Planting, Woodland Garden, Wildlife Garden, Dry Shade
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full shade, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Special FeatureEasy Care, Fall Color, Ornamental Berries, Shade Loving, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
Companion PlantsBeautyberry (Callicarpa); Lily of the Valley (Pieris); Azalea (Azalea); Viburnum (Viburnum); Mountain Laurel (Kalmia)

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Dry-shade tolerant, once established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9

USDA Cold Hardiness Zone Map

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