What is this?!?

Guinnevtra(7)July 25, 2014

This is growing in a very shady forest behind my house. It has large (3-4 inch) leaves, very sharp points, it is about 3 feet tall, it is evergreen, and this winter I found clusters of berries on the top of it.

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Leatherleaf mahonia is my guess. Invasive in some areas.

Here is a link that might be useful: mahonia japonica 'bealei'

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 7:37PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

It can be VERY invasive in some areas. Do some research before you decide to keep it.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 11:34PM
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Thanks! It is the leatherleaf mahonia, I recognize the berries from your link, AuroraWA. There were two, about 6 mths ago, but when I checked it yesterday, there were four. I keep potted plants, but I wouldn't want to keep this! Unless it has some medicinal use. I'll look it up.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 8:39AM
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Well, at least it is something the deer will not eat

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 8:52AM
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sweet_betsy No AL Z7

I have a mahonia in my garden. It produces beautiful yellow blooms that have a delightful citrus scent in late winter before anything else blooms--a shrub for your shady area. Honeybees give the blooms a real workout. If re-seeding is a problem in your area, the berries can be removed before maturity. Birds seem to enjoy the berries.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 8:54AM
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Invasive in the southeast and birds just help spread it.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 9:52AM
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