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PlantFiles: 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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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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

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

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive JMSWilson 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 discourage intruders from screens!

Neutral htop 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.


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

Davidson, North Carolina
Cosby, Tennessee

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