Mahonia


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Related to Mahonia: Mahonia aquifolium, Mahonia nervosa

Mahonia

 

a genus of plants of the family Berberidaceae. They are evergreen shrubs or small trees. The large leaves are oddpinnate, prickly, and leathery; the yellow flowers are gathered in racemes. There are more than 100 species, distributed in North and Central America, as well as in Asia from the Himalayas to Japan and Sumatra. The Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolia) is a shrub measuring up to 1 m tall, with shiny dark green leaves and bright yellow many-flowered terminal racemes. It grows wild in the western part of North America and is cultivated as an ornamental in the temperate belt of the northern hemisphere. In severe winters the Oregon grape freezes. In a number of species the mature fruits, dark blue berries with a gray bloom or down, are used in candies and baked goods.

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Though they are not related, mahonias and hollies have superficial similarities in terms of their shiny, often prickly foliage.
Fossil leaves of Berberis and Mahonia have been described from the Miocene and Oligocene (Ramirez & Cevallos-Ferriz, 2000; Taylor et al.
New, compact Mahonia nitida Cabaret grows to 1m with glossy pinnate leaves, copper when young.
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En mayo de 1830 Schlechtendal y Chamisso (Linnaea 5: 211-212) describieron Mahonia trifolia con base en un especimen esteril colectado en septiembre de 1828 por C.
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BRIGHT: the spikes of a Mahonia will add colour to your garden in winter
Many Mahonia varieties will sport sweet-smelling yellow blooms that are shaped much like the lilac bloom and in the fall they generally have purple berries that resemble grapes.
Mahonia, commonly known as Oregon grape, has shiny and spiny leaves, yellow flowers and edible, if insipid, purple fruit that attracts wildlife.