Mahonia japonica - Cultivation Notes
Flourishes in shady / woodland conditions, preferring a moderately fertile soil of any pH as long as it is well drained. Avoid hard pruning - limiting pruning to the removal of dead wood in spring.
Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage
Strengths of Mahonia japonica:
- Scented blossom
- Spiney growth can deter unwanted visitors!
- All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
- Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
- Suitable for container growing
- Tolerates cold exposed locations
- Tolerates heavy clay soils
- Suitable for planting in full shade
- Produces winter flowers
Weaknesses of Mahonia japonica
- Spiney plant - can scratch young children and gardeners!
- Does not tolerate very dry or very wet soils
Design & Plant Use for Mahonia japonica:
- Provides scented winter blossom
- Evergreen shrub suitable for planting in a shady location
- Ideal for planting within the herb garden
- Ideal flowering shrub for problem clay soils
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