Mahonia x media 'Charity'Item #3665 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 9
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.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full shade to partial sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 10 to 15 ft. tall and wide, if left unpruned.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:ma-HO-nee-uh MEED-ee-uhPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:NarrowGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 10 to 15 ft. tall and wide, if left unpruned.Foliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:Winter flowers, followed by ornamental berries in summer and fall.Flower color:YellowFlower attributesShowy FlowersCompanion PlantsHydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla); Astilbe (Astilbe); Hosta (Hosta); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Dogwood (Cornus); Winter Daphne (Daphne); Lenten Rose (Helleborus); Orange Sedge (Carex)
- CareCare InformationThrives in average, well-drained soils; tolerates sandy sites and clay. Shelter from winter winds. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to develop an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates mild periodic drought. Fertilize in spring. Prune lightly after bloom for a more compact, bushy form.Pruning time: early spring.Light Needs:Full shade to partial sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:Charity originated as a hybrid between M. japonica and M. lomariifolia at Donard Nursery in Northern Ireland.
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