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A picture of a Japanese Mahonia

Japanese Mahonia

Mahonia japonica

Photo by AlanGardenMaster (All rights reserved)

Full Shade
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

2.5m

1m

Min

1.5m

20 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Japanese Mahonia

A close up of the yellow flowers of Mahonia japonica.
A close up of the green leaves and young grey fruit of Mahonia japonica.

Japanese Mahonia Overview

This erect medium-sized evergreen shrub has large, spined leathery pinnate leaves. It starts small, fragrant light yellow flowers in spreading or drooping sprays from late autumn to early spring, which develop into blue-black berries.

Common problems with Japanese Mahonia

Generally pest free but can suffer from powdery mildew & rust.

    How to harvest Japanese Mahonia

    Generally not harvested.

    How to propagate Japanese Mahonia

    Seed

    Cuttings

    Take semi hardwood cuttings.

    Special features of Japanese Mahonia

    Attracts bees

    Winter colour

    Other uses of Japanese Mahonia

    This low maintenance plant is frequently planted as a thorny hedging plants on banks/slopes as well as Architectural specimens in wildlife friendly gardens.