Mahonia
Mahonia x media 'Winter Sun'

Family: Berberidaceae (bear-ber-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Mahonia (ma-HO-nee-uh) (Info)
Species: x media (MEED-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Winter Sun
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Category:

Edible Fruits and Nuts

Perennials

Shrubs

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:

Late Fall/Early Winter

Mid Winter

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Variegated

Smooth-Textured

Veined

Good Fall Color

Provides winter interest

This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Davidson, North Carolina

Cosby, Tennessee

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Apr 8, 2012, JMSWilson from East Tennessee 6b/7a, TN wrote:

This is a fantastic evergreen shrub that will grow in mostly shade, produce wonderful yellow flowers (slightly fragrant) and dark berry clusters! (Which can be eaten, but taste a little sharp.)
I've had Winter Sun growing in an indented breezeway space facing NW for a dozen years now. It gets open shade, then some western sunlight from overhead and around a holly tree from about noon to three, when the mountains cut off the sun.
We had to hack off 2/3rd's of it to repaint/rescreen the breezeway, but it bushed out on the one limb we left.
It blooms at a different time than the regular mahonia near it. (I think it blooms first-I forget-but there is a bloom sequence.)
Great evergreen to plant in the shade-especially where you can use it's spiny leaves to discourag... read more

Neutral

On Nov 14, 2007, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant.

This mahonia prefers to be in a location that receives some afternoon shade. It should be pruned after flowering before new growth begins to emerge. New growth is dark red.