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Cultural Details for Mahonia bealei

Common Name:
Leatherleaf Mahonia

Growth Rate:

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Lemon yellow, very fragrant March- April

Fruit Details:
0.33-0.5" long, bluish, July-August, robin egg blue at maturity.

Fall Color:
Evergreen, dull dark to blue green

Bark Details:
Gray brown stem at maturity

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Leaf rust, leaf spots, scale and whitefly

Native Habitat:
China introduced 1845. Zones 6-9

Other Features:
A course, upright evergreen shrub. A very fragrant shade shrub.

Culture and Care:
Transplant balled/burlapped or container grown. Prefers shade.

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
Bed 81

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.