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Mahonia bealei

Mahonia bealei

Mahonia - Leatherleaf

Leatherleaf Mahonia has lemon-yellow fragrant flowers in February and March, blue bird-attracting fruit in summer and is evergreen. Grow more than one shrub together for best fruit production.  The upright angular habit adds to its architectural interest all year.  Often used asa barrier plants due to it's spiny leaves.  Mahonias native to western China and in the same family (Berberaceae) as Barberries and Nandinas and share their characteristic deer resistance.  In fact, taxonomists now refer to Mahonia bealei as Berberis bealei (Beale's Barberry).  If looking for a native alternative, consider Daphniphyllum macropodum or Myrica pensylvanica.


8 Feet


3 Feet

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone

Current Availability
Qty Avail Description Comments Future Crop Future Crop Ready Date
209 Mahonia bealei #3 18-24"+ (yellow) Full bloom, some fruit start 475 8/1/2024
Characteristics & Attributes
Cut Branches
Deer Resistant
Fragrant - Flower
Fruit - Ornamental
Full Shade
Winter Containers
Winter Interest
Soil Conditions
Bloom Time
Full Shade
Partial Shade/Shade Tolerant
Special Recognition
PHS Gold Medal Plant
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Pollinators
Food Source for Wildlife
Black Walnut Tolerant
Dry Shade Tolerant
Foliage Color
Companion Plants to Mahonia bealei
Prostrate Plum Yew Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Prostrata'
Prostrate Plum Yew
Japanese Andromeda Pieris japonica 'Dorothy Wycoff'
Japanese Andromeda
Similar Plants to Mahonia bealei
Japanese Mahonia Mahonia japonica
Japanese Mahonia
Meserve Holly Ilex x meserveae Blue Princess®
Meserve Holly
False Daphne Daphniphyllum macropodum
False Daphne