Mahonia

Mahonia × media 'Charity'

Mahonia - Mahonia × media  'Charity'

Common Name: Mahonia
Genus: Mahonia
Species: ◊ media
Cultivar: 'Charity'

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: 5.00 m (500 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 4.00 m (400 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 large handsome dark green holly-like leaves. The flowers of this lovely upright evergreen shrub have a fragrance reminiscent of lily-of-the-valley and seem to glow in the wintry sunlight. They are followed by bunches of highly ornamental round deep purple berries. This Mahonia makes a lovely focal point for a shady spot in the garden where its glossy architectural leaves can be appreciated all year round. Give it space as it's leaves will spread and conceal its long 'legs' with spring-flowering bulbs and small shade-loving perennials. Although it prefers shade it will tolerate sun as long as the soil remains moist.

Garden Care: Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant in spring while it is getting established. No pruning required.

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


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