Mahonia × media 'Winter Sun'
Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Provides winter colour, A good architectural plant, Has interesting/colourful ornamental fruit, Long flowering period
Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit, RHS Perfect for Pollinators
|Hardiness: Hardy||Height: 5.00 m (500 cm)|
|Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shade||Spread: 4.00 m (400 cm)|
|Foliage Type: Evergreen||Flower Colour: Yellow|
|Foliage Colour: Green||Flowering Period: November to March|
Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Clay/Heavy or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained
Slender spikes of bright yellow flowers appear from November to March above rosettes of large, handsome, dark green holly-like leaves. The flowers of this lovely upright evergreen shrub have a fragrance reminiscent of lily-of-the-valley and seem to glow in the wintry sunlight. They are followed by bunches of highly ornamental round deep purple berries. This Mahonia makes a lovely focal point for a shady spot in the garden where its glossy architectural leaves can be appreciated all year round. Give it space, as its leaves will spread, and conceal its long 'legs' with spring-flowering bulbs and small shade-loving perennials. Although it prefers shade, it will tolerate sun as long as the soil remains moist.
Garden Care: Prune in spring after flowering, reducing overlong leggy stems to a sideshoot or a whorl of foliage and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant.