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Mahonia x media Lionel Fortescue


Early flowering variety

This is a large, erect winter flowering evergreen shrub with elongated dark-green spiny leaves. Upright spikes of yellow flowers appear in the winter months and will sometimes be followed by dark blue-black berries.


It prefers full or part shade and needs room to spread out.


Plant in moist but well-drained soil.

It can grow up to four metres high and equally wide.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering September - February
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 200 cm - 250 cm
Plant width 250 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 75 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Part shade, Full shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Wildlife garden, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From March to September