Mahonia x media ‘Charity’

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USDA Hardiness zone: Zn7b 10º to 5ºF

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Mahonia ‘Charity’ is like a gateway shrub. You might think about Mahonias a lot before inserting one, but once you have they are horribly addictive. This a great Mahonia to begin. Its reliable, good looking at all times, and a faithful bloomer in shade to quite a bit of sun. Large growing to 10′ tall by 8′ wide in the shape of an inverted cone. Can be gawky when young, carefully removing a stem or two after blooming will thicken the plant down the road. Regular water for the first few years spurs establishment as well as development of fall blooms. Brilliant golden flowers in multiple spikes are not only sweetly fragrant they are a siren call to Anna’s hummingbirds. Blooms Dec-February- sets copious dusty purple fruit- also consumed by birds. Excellent background shrub for structure in winter.- and the brilliant yellow flowers may be seen from a distance. Very good deer resistance, but curiously not rabbits so protect young plants if you have the bunnies of hatred. Cold hardy. New growth is tinted dramatic red before settling to forest green.

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