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PlantFiles: Chinese Mahonia
Mahonia fortunei

Family: Berberidaceae (bear-ber-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Mahonia (ma-HO-nee-uh) (Info)
Species: fortunei (for-TOO-nee-eye) (Info)

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2 members have or want this plant for trade.

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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

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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:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive tompope On Jan 16, 2008, tompope from Raleigh, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I love using this plant in shady area as a relatively compact evergreen shrub with a lovely, feathery texture and a distinctly upright form. Like many mahonias, it can be a little stiff, but its verticality is welcome, particularly when combined with bushier shrubs nearby. Unlike many mahonias, it is not viciously prickly, nor is it prone to getting messy looking, nor is it at all invasive. It's been perfectly hardy here in zone 7b for the last few years during the Global Warming Era, but it does typically look kind of bedraggled in February--a whole lot better when the fresh new growth appears in the spring. The flowers appear in August and Septemb er. They're a lot less showy than other mahonias, but they come at a time of year when NOTHING else seems to be flowering in the landscape, so they're very welcome.


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

Mobile, Alabama
Monroe, Louisiana
Raleigh, North Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Conroe, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Smithfield, Virginia

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