Mahonia

Mahonia japonica

Mahonia - Mahonia japonica

Common Name: Mahonia
Genus: Mahonia
Species: japonica

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Provides winter colour, Has interesting/colourful ornamental fruit, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 2.00 m (200 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shade or Deep shadeSpread: 3.00 m (300 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: November to March

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Slender spikes of pale yellow flowers appear from November to March above rosettes of handsome dark green holly-like leaves. The flowers of this lovely evergreen shrub have a fragrance reminiscent of lily-of-the-valley and seem to glow in the wintry sunlight. They are followed by masses of round deep purple berries. This is a useful shrub for partial shade or woodland areas in the garden where it will gently spread and suppress weeds. It will tolerate sun, as long as the soil remains moist.

Garden Care: Prune in spring after flowering reducing overlong leggy stems to a sideshoot or a whorl of foliage and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant.

Goes Well With: Kerria japonica, Sarcococca confusa, Magnolia stellata, Pulmonaria officinalis 'Sissinghurst White', Scilla siberica, Eranthis hyemalis.


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