Native Region: Western China - Sichuan
Zone Range: 08-10
Preferred Climate: Temperate to warm temperate woodland
Harvest Date: Sunday 28 October, 2012
Seed count: 10-12
Pictures can hardly do this plant justice. The large compound leaves are dark green with lighter green veins, but it is their undersides that are so striking - almost pure white. The flowers are unusual for a Mahonia in that they are burgundy and white, rather than the more usual yellow. The widely spaced flowers are produced in mid to late summer and followed by berries in the autumn. This shrub has a very relaxed attitude and tends to sprawl rather than stand upright. Suits a woodland garden.
For maximum freshness, please keep seed refrigerated in its original packaging until it is time to plant.
The seed should be planted in containers in a coldframe as soon as your order arrives. If planting is delayed, you should refrigerate the seed in its original packaging. If sowing is delayed, 3-4 weeks of cold stratification can significantly improve germination. To cold stratify the seed the seed it should be soaked in pure clean water for 24-36 hours then placed in pots of sterilized growing medium and refrigerated for 6-8 weeks. Germination may take anywhere from 3-6 months, possibly longer if sowing is delayed. <br>This Mahonia can grow in a range of soils from sandy to heavy clay, but prefers medium soils that are well drained but able to remain relatively moist.