Strange holly plant?

boredsogarden(8 VA)June 16, 2014

Does anyone happen to know what this strange holly-type plant is? Do birds like it?

Thank you!

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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

Mahonia, possibly Mahonia bealei but there are many...

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 1:02AM
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    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 1:28AM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

Yes, birds like it. And that is likely how it is spreading and becoming an invasive in many states. It's not really a problem here in Northern VA, but I understand it is further South.

It's a very spiny shrub and probably useful in some landscape situations.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 9:10AM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

'....probably useful in some landscape situations.' In climates where it is not a problem re-seeder it is a highly appreciated shrub for its architectural foliage and its deliciously fragrant yellow flowers borne in mid-winter and very early spring. The spines are not a problem except for pruning and then no more that pruning a rose or holly bush. It and various other Mahonia species and hybrids are common and valued shrubs in the UK.

Here is a link that might be useful: Mahonias

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 10:42AM
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boredsogarden(8 VA)

Thank you everyone! Mahonia bealei looks EXACTLY like what I have. I think it's a keeper. :)

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 4:52PM
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