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Mahonia japonica


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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Scented flowers



Skill level


photo by Lee Avison, copyright GAP Photos (152123)

Plant details

A handsome species from China and Taiwan, although plants are now only found in cultivation, this is one of the most popular winter-flowering evergreen shrubs. It makes a bold, colourful highlight when its remarkable leaves, up to 40cm (16in) long, glow rich reddish-purple in the winter garden, followed before the spring by the long terminal clusters of lemon-yellow blooms which smell of lily-of-the-valley. Plants withstand shade, but need some protection from frost and wind to avoid leaf and bud scorch. Flowers last well in water when cut. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Berberidaceae

Genus: Mahonia

Species: japonica

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: 200cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to take cuttings: June to August

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


How do I propagate it? Can Itake a cutting?

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