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Mahonia ×media 'Charity'

Mahonia ×media 'Charity'

I've been busy preparing for my photography course, so unfortunately I don't have the time to go into detail about this plant. Too bad, since I didn't have the opportunity or time last year either when it was featured on BPotD: Mahonia ×media 'Charity'. You might like to visit Paghat's article about this Mahonia for gardening information about it.

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There is a Botanical Garden interpretive sign for mahonias. For some reason, though, it does not appear on the posted list of interpretive signs. Here it is:

Mahonia (Berberidaceae) is a genus of western North American and eastern Asian pachycaul shrubs with pinnately compound evergreen leaves and fragrant, yellow flowers.

Mahonia is sometimes not differentiated from Berberis (particularly by American botanists), but differs in its unarmed, mostly unbranched and thickened (i.e., pachycaulous) stems and inflorescences produced in bundles (Berberis have spiny, well-branched stems and axillary inflorescences). Mahonia xmedia (M. japonica x M. lomariifolia) includes a number of handsome cultivars, including ‘Arthur Menzies’, ‘Buckland’ and ‘Charity’, all of which succeed in the Botanical Garden. Their generous, crown-like flower clusters are produced from November through February in mild weather.

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