Marvel Mahonia

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  • USDA Hardiness Zones 6-9
  • Height 6 Feet Tall
  • Spread 4 Feet Wide

If you’re looking for a plant to add the wow factor into your garden when your perennial flowers are beginning to fade, Marvel Mahonia is the plant for you. This upright evergreen shrub produces large bright yellow colored candle-like clusters of wonderfully fragrant flowers at the top of the branches in late autumn or early winter. The large dark frond-like green leaves that cover the horizontally layered branches will also add year-round texture and color to your landscape.

Marvel Mahonia can be grown in USDA hardiness zones 6 to 9 in part sun to shade conditions with some protection from strong winds. Full-grown, this plant will be approximately 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide. The flowers of Mahonia x media 'Marvel' mature to grape-like clusters of waxy bluish-purple berries during the late summer months that are enjoyed by songbirds.

Marvel Mahonia Care

A single specimen will produce some fruit, but growing multiple plants is best to take advantage of cross-pollination. Once established, these drought-tolerant plants require very little care or maintenance. Fertilize in early spring or summer if desired. This strikingly attractive plants can be used in flowering shrub borders, containers, home foundation plantings, hedges, wildlife gardens, woodland borders and mass planting. Marvel Mahonia are deer, disease, heat, drought and insect resistant.

Pruning Marvel Mahonia should be done after the plant is finished blooming in late winter or early spring. Never cut back the branches by more than a third of the total length. Pruning is not necessary, but can be done to help the foliage be more dense, or help rejuvenate the plant. You may trim dead or sick branches at anytime of the year to help encourage healthy growth of the plant and to help the appearance when needed.

Marvel Mahonia Spacing

Space individual plants 3 to 3.5 feet apart in mass plantings and natural-looking hedges or at least 5 feet apart if you want space between them. It can be grown as a container plant and brought indoors in zones colder than zone 6.

Marvel Mahonia Plant Facts

USDA Hardiness Zones: 6-9
Flower Color(s): Yellow
Bloom Period: Winter
Foliage Color(s): Green
Light Exposure: Partial Shade to Partial Sun
Height: 6 Feet
Spread: 4 Feet
Habit: Upright
Watering: Medium
Features: Water-wise, Winter/Fall Foliage Color
Scientific Name: Mahonia x media 'Marvel' PP27425
Common Name: Marvel Mahonia
Brand: Southern Living Plants

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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

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