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Mahonia x media 'Underway'


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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Scented flowers



Skill level


Mahonia x media 'Underway'

Plant details

Mahonias are grown for their attractive foliage and fragrant, showy winter flowers. They provide an invaluable source of pollen and nectar for winter colonies of bumblebees and other pollinators.

Mahonia x media 'Underway' is a compact mahonia with an upright habit. Its bright yellow, fragrant flowers are produced in late autumn, earlier than other mahonias, followed by blue-black berries.

Mahonia x media 'Underway' looks particularly good at the back of borders. For best results grow in moist but well-drained soil, in partial shade.

Family: Berberidaceae

Genus: Mahonia

Species: media

Cultivar: Underway

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Dry

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 300cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to take cuttings: June to August

Flowering period: November to January

Reader reviews


Could you tell me how and when to prune this
Thanking You.


How do I propagate it? Can Itake a cutting?


I've pruned mine whenever necessary but it's probably good to do this in mild weather.
The wood is a rather startling yellow inside!

The summary shows that it's possible to take cuttings in June to September. Although I've had a mahonia for years, I've never tried this but I'm planning to try this year. Despite its profusion of flowers and fruit, it doesn't seem to self-seed.

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