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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

A handsome species from China and Taiwan, although plants are now only found in cultivation, Mahonia is one of the most popular winter-flowering evergreen shrubs. In winter, the glow of rich reddish-purple leaves, which reach up to 45cm long provide a bold and colour to the garden. Towards spring, long terminal clusters of lemon-yellow fragrant blooms appear. While the plant withstands shade, it needs some protection from frost and wind to avoid leaf and bud scorch. Flowers last well in water when cut. Mahonia x media ‘Underway’ is one of the more compact cultivars of the mahonias.

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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