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03/02/2013 at 13:25

Yesterday I saw some lovely small trees in a council yard. The leaves were prickly and shaped like a holly leaf but slightly less green. They were in bloom and had a profusion of yellow flowers which were upright and rather conical. Beautiful and stunning! Would anyone be so kind as to tell me the name of this lovely shrub/tree? I definately would like a few in my garden.

Thank you.

03/02/2013 at 13:34

.Mahonia ?

03/02/2013 at 13:46

Sounds like one of the mahonias to me too 

There are several varieties, some of which are here.

Some of them have a wonderful perfume.

03/02/2013 at 13:47
I agree with Geoff and Dove
Pam LL x
03/02/2013 at 13:52

yes sounds like mahonia


03/02/2013 at 13:53
Hmmm, sounds a bit like our Oregon Grape bush (which I think is a Japonica).
03/02/2013 at 13:55

Oregon Grape is Mahonia Aquifolium 

03/02/2013 at 14:13

Go to a GC and smell them. Some are better scented than others. Aquifolium has a lovely scent but is unlikely to be used in a council planting, it's not showy enough. Mahonia 'Charity' is often used. 

03/02/2013 at 15:19

Thank you everybody. Looks like a trip to the GC to look at the Mahonias. Thanks again. Much obliged.

07/02/2013 at 12:08

Anyone know how you can tell the difference between a Mahonia Aquifolium and a Mahonia Japonica? I have one of the two in my back garden (loves part-sun, part shade!).

07/02/2013 at 13:58

I'd have to see it Huntertony. Have you a photo. They're very different

11/02/2013 at 14:08

I'll try and load one up this week.

11/02/2013 at 16:30

I think mahonia japonica is like our mahonia siamensis ; at first light yellow blossom and later the blue grapes (thai holy grape): look

11/02/2013 at 16:43

Dovefromabove i just checked your info on that site for mahonia they really are smashing ,japonica and winter sun are on my list ,youv done it again Dov many of em Alan

15/02/2013 at 15:27

Right, taken some piccies of my Mahonia something. Anyone know which type this could be?


01/03/2013 at 19:36
Any ideas on the above? Might well be mahonia aquifolium...
01/03/2013 at 19:46

Hi Huntertony

Yours is japonica - same as mine. The flowers are very different

My pic/avatar is of a honey bee basking in the February sunshine 2 years ago on a mahonia leaf

07/03/2013 at 11:00

Thanks Chilli Lover. When we had a warm, sunny day last week, we had hundreds of bee's swarming the Mahonia... I should have taken a picture!

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