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Mahonia japonica (Mahonia)

Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Herb, Culinary, Evergreen, Ground cover, Flowering
Form Rounded Multi-Stemmed Bush
Size Large Border / Screening Plant (1.8 to 3m height)
Colours Yellow Flowers (Winter), Medium green Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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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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