Mahonia are evergreen shrubs which are grown for their foliage. They have yellow, cup-shaped flowers which are beautifully fragranced and spiny-margined leaves. Leaves are grey-green in colour but can be a purple-red when young. Flowers are followed by decorative, purple-black fruits. Low growing species can be used as ground cover to minimise weeding. Taller shrubs are perfect for use in a shrub border.
Mahonia Winter Sun a medium-sized evergreen shrub with long, spiny, pinnate leaves. Small bright yellow, fragrant flowers which are borne in clusters of erect racemes and are followed by blue-black berries. Height can reach 4m.
Mahonia require moderately fertile soil in full or partial shade. They also require shelter from cold winter winds. Mahonia do not require regular pruning but should be dead-headed after flowering.