Grown for the bright yellow flowers, and attractive deep green foliage Mahonia are a good plant for many landscaping situations. One of the main attraction is the foliage, wonderful texture year round which is a welcome addition to any garden. Most species will reach to around 2m in height and the spiny foliage is a standout.
Underused in Australian gardens, these are a plant that offer texture through the foliage, and colour in winter with good bright yellow flowers.
Mahonia are a group of winter flowering plants and are grown as shrubs or small trees. They are broad-leaved evergreens, with holly like leaves, with a number species and cultivars available for sale ranging from 40cm to 3m, they are a versatile shrub, uses include hedging plants
Mahonia prefer semi shade and moist soil but are a tough plant and will tolerate harsher conditions. All species can be pruned to control size. Mahonia flowers are followed by bluish black berries, sometimes used as a jelly.
These are not a large plant and can easily find a place in most gardens, grow them for the foliage, or for the winter flowers, they are rewarding and easy care.