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Leatherleaf Mahonia - Grapeberry Mahonia
Leatherleaf Mahonia, also known as the Grapeberry Mahonia, is a very attractive shade-loving evergreen shrub with many special attributes. More details below

Leatherleaf Mahonia - Grapeberry Mahonia

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Leatherleaf Mahonia
Mahonia bealei 'Leatherleaf'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b  Find Your Zone >

Note: For our customers who live and garden North of USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 6a, where this Mahonia is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and place back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.

Special Attributes

Leatherleaf Mahonia, also known as the Grapeberry Mahonia, is a very attractive shade-loving evergreen shrub with many special attributes. In late winter, when it gets at least a couple hours of sun or several hours of filtered sun, it produces dense clusters of fragrant yellow flowers on upright racemes at the top of branches. Bluish-purple berries resembling clusters of grapes follow the flowers. The showy blossoms are nestled atop the foliage in late winter and early spring. The foliage is horizontally layered on vertical stems, with a habit and form somewhat like bamboo. The uniquely-shaped, large, dark green, leathery, spined leaves contrast nicely with most any other plant in the garden. The grape-like fruits are relished by many different birds. If you're looking for texture and color and bold, evergreen foliage in your shade garden, Leatherleaf mahonia is a "must have" plant!

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing 5-6 feet tall and 4-6 feet wide, Leatherleaf Mahonia is ideal for use as an accent in small, shady garden spaces. Use it in groupings, mass plantings, or as a natural hedge in larger landscape borders and home foundation plantings. A fine addition to shade, cottage gardens, rock, Asian, and tropical look gardens. Consider Creeping Jenny or Vinca minor (Evergreen Periwinkle) as an underplanting. 

Spacing:  3' for solid hedges or mass plantings; 7' or more for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

Leatherleaf  Mahonia is very easy to grow in most any average, moist but well-drained soil and shade to part shade. Morning sun with afternoon shade is okay, but avoid direct afternoon sun. Very easy to maintain requiring little or no pruning.

Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Evergreen Flowering Shrub 
Height at Maturity:  5-6'
Width at Maturity:  4-6'
Spacing:  3' for or solid hedges;  7'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Broad, Clumping, Upright
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  Light Yellow
Flower Size:  Small, 0.5"
Flowering Period:  Late Winter, Early Spring
Flower Type:  Single
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Dark Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  Yes
Berry Color:  Purple
Sun Needs:  Shade or Mostly Shade, All Day Filtered Sun, Morning Sun With Afternoon Shade
Water Needs:  Very Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sandy, Silty
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist 
Soil pH:  6.0 - 8.0 (Slightly Acid to Slightly Alkaline)
Maintenance / Care:  Very Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Heat, Insect

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