Marvel Mahonia foliage
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 6 feet
Spread: 4 feet
Hardiness Zone: 6
Other Names: Oregon Grape
Brand: Southern Living
A showy upright-mounded shrub with pinnate oval leaves that bronze in winter; showy yellow flowers in spring become clusters of wax-coated black berries in late summer; somewhat fussy, needs moist acid soils, some shade and protection from winter winds
Marvel Mahonia is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features an abundance of magnificent black berries from mid summer to early fall. It has attractive bluish-green foliage which emerges burgundy in spring. The spiny pointy pinnately compound leaves are highly ornamental and remain bluish-green throughout the winter. It features showy racemes of fragrant yellow flowers rising above the foliage from mid spring to early summer.
Marvel Mahonia is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.
This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Marvel Mahonia is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Marvel Mahonia will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.
This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.
Marvel Mahonia makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.
Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for current availability. It does not include our entire selection of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.