Leatherleaf Mahonia (Berberis bealei) in the Barberries Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Berberis bealei Accepted
Mahonia bealei Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Uses: Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: seeds require a cooling period prior to germination and are best planted in the Fall
Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Various insects

Mahonia bealei - Leatherleaf Mahonia 004

Posted by sallyg (central Maryland) on Dec 12, 2018 12:36 AM

Grows very well in my zone 7 Maryland garden, may self sow a bit ( I have found maybe 3 seedlings in 10-12 years that is has been loaded with berries.) Blooms in February and honeybees will visit during a winter warm spell. The sweet lemony fragrance is delightful. Slow growing for me, with a nice structure that can be managed by pruning a few longer branches now and then to encourage new denser growth. Very prickly leaves, not one to have where people will walk in bare feet.

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