Scientific Name Synonyms
leatherleaf mahonia, Beale's barberry, Beale's Oregon-grape
- Mahonia bealei is an evergreen shrub that can grow from 5-10 ft. (1.5-3 m) tall.
- Leaves are pinnately compound, 18 in. (46 cm) long, with 9-13 holly-like leaflets. Leaflets are 2-4 in. (5-10 cm) long and 1-2 in. (2.5-5.1 cm) wide.
- Flowering occurs in late winter and early spring, when fragrant, lemon-yellow flowers develop.
- The fruits are green berries, about 0.5 in. (1.3 cm) long, that turn bluish black with a grayish bloom. Fruits hang in grapelike clusters.
- Ecological Threat
- Mahonia bealei is native to China. It has been planted as an ornamental and is now invading woodlands in the southern United States.
- National Capital Region, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
- Flora of China, www.eFloras.org
- Henderson State University
- USDA NRCS PLANTS
- USDA ARS GRIN
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