Plant ID forum: Mahonia

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NickJ
Jan 27, 2012 12:28 PM CST

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This is growing in central Virginia(Hopewell) along a road way. It gets Little to no direct sunlight. Height and diameter is about 6'. Leaves resemble a Holly.
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JRsbugs
Jan 27, 2012 12:38 PM CST
It's a Mahonia but I can't say which. There's Mahonia japonica, M. japonica Bealei, and a few cultivars which are crosses between M.japonica and M.lomariifolia. It could be any of these, there are other species but this doesn't look like one of them.

http://www.keith-allen.co.uk/garden/m.htm#Mahonia_Title

You may have heard of Oregon Grape, Mahonia aquifolium but the leaves are quite different. This may have set from a seed dropped by a bird!
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NickJ
Jan 27, 2012 1:35 PM CST
Excellent!
Thank You.
I have asked several people about this and no one knew what it was. I collected some seeds from it last spring and will try to get some started soon. Trying to pin down the variety may be difficult as there are about 70 different species.
I'm leaning toward Mahonia bealei, aka Leatherleaf Mahonia

http://www.floridata.com/ref/m/maho_bea.cfm
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Jan 27, 2012 1:59 PM CST
Mahonia bealei is a smaller form of Mahonia japonica, the name is Mahonia japonica Bealei Group. It has smaller flower stems, where M. japonica has quite long drooping sprays of flowers which are very fragrant. The cultivars are less fragrant in varying degrees. I'm after Mahonia japonica myself but a good sized one is quite expensive and local garden centres don't have them. I really only want it for winter insects, some bumblebees here overwinter further south and I have a feeling they might where I am, they feed on Mahonia! M. japonica is also much hardier than most, it also tolerates dry shade and prefers a lot of shade. I was leaning towards M. japonica.

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/rhsplantfinder/plantfinder2.asp?crit=...

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