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Mahonia (Berberis) nevinii

Common Name:
Nevin's barberry
Plant Type:
Evergreen shrub
Berberidaceae (The Barberry Family)
Geographic Origin:
California Native?:
Plant Size:
8 feet+ high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Spring and summer
Flower Color:
Sun or light shade
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Occasional to no watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 10 degrees F. or less
A bushy dryland species, Mahonia nevinii can grow as much as 15 feet tall, but usually remains in the 6-10 foot range, and is at least as broad as tall. Younger stems are closely lined by 2-3 inch bluish to greyish green leaves, tinged with pink in new growth. Each leaf is divided into 3-5 toothed, pointed leaflets. Spring flowers are yellow, the berries that follow are orange to scarlet and quite decorative. It is one of the most drought tolerant mahonias. Hardy to 10 degrees F. or less.