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Mahonia Genus

Mahonia

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General Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained, Fertile, Chalky
  • Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Mahonia genus. These are evergreen shrubs which have short racemes of fragrant, rounded, bell-shaped, yellow flowers on tall species; some cultivars have deep fissured bark. They are fully to half hardy and will prefer shade or semi-shade with fertile well drained but not too dry soil.

Characteristics

Woody perennials, Evergreens, Fragrants

Other common names

Oregon grape, Holly grape

Origin

E. Asia N.C. America

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage and bark. Large mahonias make good specimen plants; low growing ones are excellent for ground cover. Suitable for northern and eastern aspects.

Cultivation

They will require a sunny aspect and well-drained, fertile soil with adequate water. In a warmer climate they do better in shade or partial-shade.

Propagation

You can propagate the species by leaf-bud, semi-ripe cuttings, or basal suckers in summer or by seed in autumn. Selected forms should be propagated by leaf-bud or semi-ripe cuttings only.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Rust and mildew may become a problem.

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