Mahonia x media 'Winter Sun'
Description: Smaller growing than M.x 'Charity', has dense, upright habit and produces an abundance of bright yellow, fragrant frost resistant flowers from November to March.
Mahonias are often used in gardens as they are such a valuable shrub providing sturdy evergreen foliage as a backdrop for other plants and also for providing much needed flower and colour in the winter months. Very hardy, tough plants generally pest and disease free.
Climate / Position: Full sun to partial shade. Best in partial shade.
Height / Spread: Reaches 1.5 metres x 1.2 metres.
Soil Requirements: Moist but well drained soil. Fertile, humus rich but can tolerate dry soils once established.
Pruning: Can be pruned hard to reduce size and resume shape. Prune over 3 years taking out a third each year.
The name media comes from 'intermediate' meaning in the middle. It is a hybrid of Mahonia japonica and Mahonia lomariifolia.