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)

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:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Non-patented

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:

Mobile, Alabama

Monroe, Louisiana

Raleigh, North Carolina

Conway, South Carolina

Austin, Texas

Conroe, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Smithfield, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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 landscap... read more