FOLIAGE: Alternate, pinnately compound (13 - 19 leaflets), lanceolate- to
oblong-ovate, spinose margins, 12 - 18" long. Extremely stiff, plastic-like leaves.
These leaves are not as spiny as M. bealei. Deep green color, lacking
the blue-green of some Mahonia.
BARK: Distinct yellow inner bark.
FLOWERS: Pendulous, loose racemes, made up of fragrant yellow
flowers 4 - 8" long. Borne in March - April.
FRUIT: Blue- black drupes, 3/8" long cascade over the foliage in the late spring.
PESTS: None serious.
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