Answer: Mahonia repens is a 1-3ft evergreen shrub. It can spread by rhizomes or above ground. It has 2inch crinkly, spiny, gray green leaves. It is an excellent ground cover or foundation plant and has yellow flowers and blue berries (favorites with birds). It enjoys growing as an understory and is drought tolerant once established, making it a good choice for the dry soils beneath oak trees. It has done well in the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden so I expect it will grow well in Long Beach.
Best wishes with your landscape.
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