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Leatherleaf Mahonia: Berberis bealei



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honeybee on mahonia

Family: Berberidaceae

Above: honeybee on flowers, Below: flopping in the shade Use: foundation, woodlands, commercial and home landscape
mahonias sprawling across ground

Plant: evergreen shrub to 10'

Origin: China

: 7 - 10

: fragrant, tiny yellow buttercup like flowers crowded along inflorescence.

Foliage: stiff, spiny, pinnate leaves over 12" long held horizontally to pithy stems

: part shade to shade. Rich, well-drained, mesic soil. Mulch with humus or compost. Best clustered in groups under tall trees. 2009, Last Updated January 19, 2009