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synonyms: Mahonia mairei
shrub, evergreen, scented/aromatic
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: yellow
fruit colour: black
main season: Autumn
full sun, part shade
dry soil, moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-alkaline
minimum temp: -5°C
USDA zone: 8 to 10
Large prickly shrub with erect branches and long pinnate leaves with toothed, dark green leaflets. Large dense clusters of fragrant yellow flowers produced late autumn to winter. Blue-black berries later. Deeply fissured bark on older stems.
Well drained soil in sun or part shade. Not very frost hardy and best in mild areas.
From seed or by separation of suckers
Native to southern China. Rare in cultivation.