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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Mahonia nevinii (A. Gray) Fedde
Synonym(s): Berberis nevinii, Odostemon nevinii
USDA Symbol: MANE3
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
A 5-12 ft. shrub with red-brown, stiff-branched stems bearing attractive, blue-green, spiny, pinnate leaves. The shrub is covered with 2 in., loose-flowered, yellow flower spikes in spring. These are followed by hundreds of red to reddish-yellow berries.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Flower:
Yellowish red to red 5-6 mm Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr
DistributionUSA: CA Native Distribution:
S. CA Native Habitat:
Dry, coastal sage scrub and chaparral areas below 2000 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry sands and gravels, well-drained
Conditions Comments: Very cold- and drought-tolerant.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Makes a good hedge.
Use Wildlife: Good bird habitat.
Use Food: Edible berries
PropagationDescription: Increase is possible with seed.
Seed Collection: Ripe fruits may be pick by hand, using heavy gloves, or flailed onto cloth beneath the bushes. Seeds can be removed through maceration and flotation.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CA
Record Last Modified: 2009-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff