A picture of a Chinese Mahonia

Chinese Mahonia

Berberis fortunei

Also known as

Fortune's Mahonia, Holly Grape

Photo by PamPenick (All rights reserved)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

4m

Max

4m

1m

Min

1m

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Chinese Mahonia Overview

Berberis fortunei was historically better known by the name Mahonia fortunei and it is often still sold under this name. It is known commonly by the names Holly Grape, Fortune's Mahonia or Chinese Mahonia, referencing the plants origin. It is an evergreen shrub species from the Berberidaceae family, originating from China and Taiwan. Grown more for the spiny, holly-like foliage over the bright yellow flowers. Flowers lead onto clusters of blue-black, berry fruits. This plant can reach up to 4m in height and spread, it has an upright and spreading habit.

How to propagate Chinese Mahonia

Seed

Cuttings

Special features of Chinese Mahonia

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Hedge plant

Ground cover

Attracts birds