leatherleaf mahonia
Mahonia bealei (Fortune) Carr.


Mahonia bealei is an evergreen shrub that can grow from 5-10 ft. (1.5-3 m) tall.
Leaves are pinnately compound, 18 in. (46 cm) long, with 9-13 holly-like leaflets. Leaflets are 2-4 in. (5-10 cm) long and 1-2 in. (2.5-5.1 cm) wide.
Flowering occurs in late winter and early spring, when fragrant, lemon-yellow flowers develop.
The fruits are green berries, about 0.5 in. (1.3 cm) long, that turn bluish black with a grayish bloom. Fruits hang in grapelike clusters.
Ecological Threat
Mahonia bealei is native to China. It has been planted as an ornamental and is now invading woodlands in the southern United States.


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EDDMapS Distribution

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State Regulated List

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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Magnoliidae
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Berberidaceae
Genus: Mahonia
Subject: Mahonia bealei (Fortune) Carr.

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
Beale's barberry, Beale's Oregon-grape

Related Scientific Names:
Berberis bealei (Fortune) Carr. (Synonym)


Plants - Shrub or Subshrub