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Plants of the UNF Campus

Mahonia bealei - Leatherleaf mahonia
Family Berberidaceae


Approximately seventy species of Mahonia are native to Central and North America and Asia. The genus Mahonia is very closely related to the barberries (Berberis.) Leatherleaf mahonia is native to China. It is an upright shrub with large, spiny leaves. An old plant is fairly open because the stems have few branches and leaves are mostly at the stem tips. It has attractive yellow flowers in winter followed by small blue fruits.


This is an easy shrub for a shady spot in a northeast Florida garden. It is adaptable to a wide range of conditions except soggy soils.


See this plant on the east side of building 10.


Open shrub to about eight feet tall. Easily kept lower by pruning.

Care Instructions:

Light: part shade to full shade

Water: moderately drought tolerant when established, may benefit from irrigation during droughts

Soil: adaptable to soils, no special requirements

Mahonia bealei