leatherleaf mahonia USDA PLANTS SYMBOL: MABE2
Mahonia bealei (Fortune) Carr.
Synonym(s): Beale's barberry, Beale's Oregon-grape

Appearance
Mahonia bealei is an evergreen shrub that can grow from 5-10 ft. (1.5-3 m) tall.
Foliage
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.
Flowers
Flowering occurs in late winter and early spring, when fragrant, lemon-yellow flowers develop.
Fruit
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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