Winter Mahonias

Here are a couple of our favorite winter-flowering mahonias currently in bloom at JLBG. The first is the North American native, Mahonia gracillis, which is virtually unknown in cultivation. Without several collections from the former Yucca Do Nursery, this probably wouldn’t even be known by US gardeners. The 8′ tall, unkempt form is adorned, starting in mid-January with small clusters of intensely-fragrant yellow flowers.

Mahonia gracillis

Below is Mahonia x lindsayae ‘Cantab’. This is a hybrid of Mahonia siamensis x japonica. Mahonia ‘Cantab’ also forms a rather scraggly plant, which is why you never see it offered for sale. Despite the form, the show of long-racemes of extremely fragrant flowers over a long period in winter are truly remarkable.

Mahonia x lindsayae ‘Cantab’

1 thought on “Winter Mahonias”

  1. We have several mahonias that were ‘rescued’ from an older estate that was being cleared. The first year they displayed their yellow racemes, I was surprised by one plant that had red berries which contrasted with the yellow. We discovered a nandina hidden in the center of the mahonia and continue to enjoy the color mix every year.

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