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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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Mahonia japonica is handsome, growing up to 2m in 10 years, with deep green pinnate leaves and long arching sprays of fragrant lemon yellow flowers in early to mid winter.
BRIGHT: the spikes of a Mahonia will add colour to your garden in winter
If you hanker after an oriental-style garden, the elegant mahonia would be just the ticket.
Mahonias demand little in return for their long-lasting display.
Q I HAVE planted a Mahonia Bealii in a corner of my garden which is a bit exposed to the elements.
Worth a place in the garden on the merit of foliage alone, at this time of year mahonias really hit the jackpot by starting to flower.
For small gardens, I would not recommend that you consider planting mahonias as they can reach up to 3 metres (10ft) high and 2 metres (6ft) wide in a few short years.
CREATIVE IDEA: Hellebores are one of the most rewarding companions for early-flowering deciduous shrubs such as witch hazel, camellias and mahonias.
Mahonias are just as nasty, with the added bonus of winter flowers.
It is the barberry family and is represented not only by the true barberries but by nandinas, mahonias and epimediums as well.
Others plants to consider are the dogwoods (Cornus alba), evergreen mahonias - many of which also have scented yellow flowers - and for a small tree, I'd recommend Prunus subhirtella 'Autumnalis'.