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Mahonia x media 'Charity'

Lily of the valley bush

Location:

The Dell.

Description:

Mahonias are grown for their attractive foliage and fragrant, showy winter flowers. 'Charity' has an upright habit up to 3 metres with long leaves consisting of 17 to 21 dark green leaflets. Stalks of bright yellow, fragrant flowers are produced at the ends of branches from late autumn to late winter. They look particularly good at the back of borders when plants in front die down in winter to reveal the beauty of their flowers and foliage.

Site and Care:

Plant in any type of soil, in shade or partial shade, as long as the site is not waterlogged. They do grow better in fertile, well-drained soil. Remove top of stem in May to encourage bushy habit and cut back suckers and any dead wood at the same time. Propagate by hardwood cuttings in autumn and winter. Seeds are fertile and can be grown, but variation will occur.