The Mahonia shrub is related to the beriberis family, but its appearance is distinctively similar to the holly. This plant thrives well during the winter season. Starting November up to March, yellow colored and faintly scented flowers will start to bloom out above the long, evergreen pinnate shaped leaves. The aroma generated by the plant is similar to the scent of the lilies of the valley while the berries can be made into jam.
The Mahonia aquifolium is native to North American and it is preferred choice among the evergreens. For a more outstanding variety, the Mahonia x wagneri or Moseri is a hybrid from the aquifolium variety that provides a remarkable variety when it comes to the color of the leaves.
It appears to showcase a slow display of the effects of autumn all year round. During the spring season, it showcases a yellow color, starts to turn coral in summer and eventually darkens to red while the other leaves start to fall.
The Mahonia japonica can become a big-sized shrub and can become overpowering once the stems start to grow grey in color and end up gaunt, but it can be trimmed after flowering. The advantage with the Mahonia japonica is that the flowers generate a divine scent. Another variety, the Mahonia lomariifolia is a remarkable shrub, which originated in Burma and west China.
It can grow up to 40ft and it is not hardy except in sheltered areas. This variety is upright in form than other varieties and carries the flowers in tufts just likes the leaves of the pineapple. Winter flowers exude a good appearance if supported by a Mahonia. Certain plants such as winter honeysuckle, hellebores, snowdrops and winter jasmine will appear better together with the strong leaves of Mahonia.
In terms of growing the different Mahonia shrub varieties, they are easy to grow even if they are exposed to the sun or grown in shaded areas. Additionally, they are not picky when it comes to the soil conditions. They only aspect that these plants do not like is a boggy place. After the flowering phase, it is best to prune them or else they will end up ugly and appear leggy.
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