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Mahonia pinnata

Mahonia pinnata (Lag.) Fedde

Wavyleaf Barberry, Shinyleaf Mahonia, California Barberry

Berberidaceae (Barberry Family)


USDA Symbol: mapi2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub , Vine
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Pinnate
Leaf Shape: Ovate
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: One sub-species with self-supporting or clambering stems up to about 20 feet long. Another sub-species is more shrub-like, up to about 5 feet tall.
Leaf: Green, shiny.
Fruit: Purplish-black.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May



Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Mahonia pinnata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Mahonia pinnata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Mahonia pinnata


Record Modified: 2022-10-07
Research By: DEW

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