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Mahonia bealei /Leatherleaf Mahonia

Mahonia bealei  / Mahonia bealei
Typical multi-trunked specimen in fruit in spring
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Typical multi-trunked specimen in fruit in spring

Green immature berries in late winter or early spring

Typical shrub growing in shade under canopy of tree

Grape-like clusters of berries just before mature stage

Bright yellow flowers atop terminal shoots in late winter

Six to eight inch racemes of golden-yellow flowers

Close-up image of nearly mature berries and holly-like leaves

Foliage and flower

Cluster of mahonias growing in partial shade

Ripening fruit

Ripe fruit

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Scientific Name: Mahonia bealei
Common Name: Leatherleaf Mahonia
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: Yellow
Fruit present: Summer
Fruit color: Blue, Purple
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants that Attract Birds
Plants with Fragrance
Shrubs, Fruiting
Comments: Plant is irregular, upright grower with limited branching. It is very good for shady areas and can be used in foundation plantings, and in masses or groups. The ripened berries are eaten by birds. It can stand some drought and is deer resistant.