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Mahonia sikkimensis

Common Name:

Plant Type:
Evergreen shrub
Berberidaceae (The Barberry Family)
Geographic Origin:
South and Southeast Asia
California Native?:
Plant Size:
8-10 feet or more
Landscape/Garden Uses:
shade gardens
Flowering Season:
Flower Color:
Sun or light shade
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 15-20 degrees F.
This is a rare and wonderful mahonia. It grows at a moderate pace to perhaps 8-10 feet, slowly branching and filling in. It has attractive pale bark. The leaves suggest the more familiar M. lomariifolia but are much showier. They measure up to 2 feet long and have several pairs of large leaflets. These show beautiful networks of indented, lighter veins and have strongly crisped, spiny margins. They are bronze to plum purple in new growth, later deep green and shiny above, pale beneath. The flower sprays are long and many, like those of M. lomariifolia, and carry large bright yellow flowers. This is a plant for mild-summer climates and shady nooks.