Mahonia fremontii

Desert Holly

Yellow Mahonia fremontii, Mahonia fremontii , Desert Holly View Larger Image

6-10' x 6-8' wide. Mahonia fremontii is a stunning native shrub with fragrant yellow flowers, blue evergreen foliage and abundant crops of bright red berries for the songbirds. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Late spring
Shipping Shipping begins in late February based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. Learn More…
Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU HBLN851

Details

6-10' x 6-8' wide. Mahonia fremontii is one of our very best native shrubs, growing naturally across much of the Southwestern US. This large-growing Desert Holly has year-round landscape interest with profuse, yellow, fragrant spring flowers, large bright red summer fruits and showy blue evergreen foliage. The shrub is rarely offered because it's slow to get to saleable size. But in the ground it gets big and lives for many years. The spiny leaves make it a great barrier plant for hedges and windbreaks.
SKU HBLN851
Common Name Desert Holly
Botanical Name Mahonia fremontii
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Yellow
Mature Height 5-10' tall
Mature Spread 5-10' wide
Bloom Time Late spring
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Advantages Native
Ideal Region Western Only
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

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Shipping

Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from February 27-June 30, warmest zones first. Most plant orders will arrive within 3-4 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

Grass Plugs Will ship at planting time in spring 2017, beginning in late February.

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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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