Leather Leaf MahoniaMahonia Bealei
This slow growing plant is an attention-getting specimen wherever it is used. With spikes of yellow, slightly fragrant flowers, glossy, grey green leaves, and attractive multiple stems, Leatherleaf Mahonia has potential for many uses in the shady landscape. The stiff, hard, leathery leaflets have sharp marginal spines, giving the plant a holly-like appearance. Flowers appear in late winter or spring and have a delicate fragrance similar to citrus blossoms. The flowers are followed by large clusters of striking purplish-blue berries that remain throughout the summer, if not devoured by birds that seem to find them irresistible.
Use and Management
Plant in groups of three at least two feet apart for the best garden effect. The flowers and fruit are striking when planted in mass and displayed against a background of green foliage provided by a taller, dense shrub.
Requiring little care except for an occasional watering once established, Leatherleaf Mahonia performs best when given partial shade and well-drained soil. Pruning is not required due to the very slow growth rate. Growth is slow and plants are thinner in total shade.
No pests or diseases are of major concern.
Several leafspots may be seen, but infected leaves can be picked off and destroyed.
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