Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


902

Shrub
Perennial

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

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

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

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INVASIVE

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

Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
SC Native Plant Society
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009
US Forest Service Southern Research Station

 

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

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Berberis bealei   FAMILY Berberidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Mahonia bealei   FAMILY Berberidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 077-02-001:
Mahonia bealei   FAMILY Berberidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Berberis bealei

 

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