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Mahonia X Media ‘Charity’: Wonderful Sprays Of Yellow Flowers In Winter

Mahonia X Media ‘Charity’: Wonderful Sprays Of Yellow Flowers In Winter

Mahonia X Media Charity

Photo Compliments of Windy Cutler

Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ or more commonly called Charity Mahonia, sometimes you will hear it called Oregon grape. This statuesque, evergreen shrub is a stunning specimen for the winter garden. It has dramatic, frond-like leaves that grow in whorls along its coarsely branched stems. It produces wonderful sprays of yellow flowers that appear in winter, developing into grape like clusters of wax coated black berries by late summer and autumn. It’s beautiful foliage and upright growth habit make this selection an amazing focal point in the garden. I planted it in my garden so the hummingbirds could nest in it.

How To Make Your Mahonia X Media ‘Charity’ Thrive

When you are planting find a location where it is protected from winter winds.  Apply fertilizer in spring to produce more flowers and deeper green leaves. This plant will thrive if you place it in full sun to dappled shade.  The preference is well-drained soil, but will tolerate sandy sites, and even clay. Once established it is drought tolerant, although plants in full sun can yellow if kept excessively dry. Occasional watering during dry weather will help plants in sun maintain a rich green foliage color.

General Mahonia X Media ‘Charity’ Information

Pests And Diseases

Generally pest and disease free.

Propagation

Take 4 to 6 inch semi-hardwood cuttings right after the season’s new growth begins to harden. Make your cut about 1/4 inch below a leaf node.

Pruning

Prune the tips in early spring, while the plant is young to make it a fuller bushier specimen. Older plants need little pruning other than the removal of dead, broken, or poorly formed limbs.

Garden Uses

This is a great choice to use in a border, as a container, to create a hedge, or in mass plantings.

Quick Facts

  • Foliage Type: Evergreen
  • Plant Type: Shrub
  • Growth Rate: Moderate
  • Plant Height: 10 feet
  • Plant Width: 5 feet
  • Hardiness Zones: Zones 7 to 9
  • Flower Color: Yellow
  • Blooms: Winter
  • Foliage Color: Dark green
  • Light Exposure: Full sun to dappled shade
  • Water Requirements: Drought tolerant once established
  • Key Features: Dramatic foliage & flowers
  • Special Features: Attracts birds, attracts hummingbirds (they love this plant), dramatic foliage & flowers, easy care

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2 Comments

  1. Alice Reilly says:

    Hey Seattle-Charlie-

    Do you have any idea where I might find a mail order source for Mahonia ‘Lionel Fortescue’? I fear that I have lost my beloved one–15 years old or so–in this very cold winter here in Wilmington, DE.

    Alice Reilly

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