Carolinas and Georgia

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Ranunculales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (6/30/18):
Mahonia bealei   FAMILY Berberidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Mahonia bealei   FAMILY Berberidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Berberis bealei

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 077-02-001:
Mahonia bealei   FAMILY Berberidaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Leatherleaf Mahonia, Chinese Mahonia, Holly-grape


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Look for it in deciduous forests in suburban areas, spread from plantings, per Weakley's Flora

Shrub
Perennial

Non-native: China
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon in Piedmont (rare elesewhere), but naturalizing widely in the Southeast


INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

 

IS THE PLANT "ARMED"?
Leaflet margins spiny

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Odd-pinnately compound: 9-13(15) leaflets
Alternate

FLOWER:
Winter/Spring
Yellow
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
3-merous
6 sepals
6 petals
6 stamens
Superior ovary
Flowers in axillary racemes

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Blue
Berry

 

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Mahonia bealei   FAMILY Berberidaceae

Leatherleaf Mahonia, Chinese Mahonia, Holly-grape