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Mahonia × media 'Winter Sun' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Yellow in Winter

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Black and Blue in Winter

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

Oregon grape 'Winter Sun'

Family

Berberidaceae


Mahonia are evergreen shrubs with leathery, pinnate leaves which are often spine-toothed, and clustered racemes of sometimes fragrant yellow flowers, sometimes followed by black or purple berries

'Winter Sun' is a medium-sized evergreen shrub of upright growth, with long, spiny, pinnate leaves. Flowers small, bright yellow, fragrant, in clusters of erect racemes, followed by blue-black berries

Synonym(s)

  • Mahonia × wagneri 'Winter Sun'
  • Mahonia 'Winter Sun'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Good for a woodland setting in a sheltered or exposed situation with full sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed and semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free