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Products > Mahonia lomariifolia
Mahonia lomariifolia - Chinese Holly

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Berberidaceae (Barberries)
Origin: Burma (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Synonyms: [Berberis oiwakensis ssp. lomariifolia]
Height: 6-10 feet
Width: 3-5 feet
Exposure: Light Shade/Part Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Mahonia lomariifolia (Chinese Holly) - An upright evergreen shrub with vertical unbranched cane-like stems reaching to 6-10+ feet tall by about 5 feet wide with 1 to 2 foot long pinnately divided leaves of leathery 1 to 3 inch long sharply toothed leaflets that are dark green on the upper surface and lighter below. The lightly scented yellow flowers are in 3 to 8 inch long dense terminal clusters appear in late fall through early spring, and are then followed by decorative powdery blue berries, which are favored by birds. Plant in coastal sun or in shade best color when shaded from hot afternoon sun and given regular to occasional irrigation. Hardy to about 10 degrees F. This plant is native to the region between Yunnan, Sichuan, northern Burma and east to Taiwan where it grows in broad-leaved forests, thickets, forest margins and slopes between 2000 and 12,000 feet. The name of the genus was coined by the English botanist Thomas Nuttall, who lived and botanized in America much of the first half of the 19th century, to honor Philadelphia horticulturist Bernard McMahon (1775-1816) who introduced the type plant, Mahonia aquifolium (now also a Berberis species) from material collected by the Lewis and Clark Expedition, a collection which McMahon curated. The specific epithet comes from the combination of the Latin word 'folium', meaning "leaf" and Lomaria, a name for a genus of ferns (now Blechnum) in reference to this plants resemblance to this fern. This species is now treated as a subspecies of Berberis oiwakensis, though we continue to list is as a Berberis lomariifolia. This plant was awarded the Royal Horticultural Societies prestigious Award of Garden Merit in 1993. We have grown this plant since 1981.  The information provided on this page is based on the research we have conducted about this plant in our nursery library, from what we have found about it on reliable online sources, as well as from observations of our nursery crops of this plant as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Mahonia lomariifolia.