Mahonia fremontii

Desert Holly

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).
Zones5 - 9
Advantages
Native
Evergreen
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height6-10' tall
Mature Spread6-10' wide
Bloom TimeLate spring
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SizePlant - 5" Deep Pot
SKUHC015323

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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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.
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SKUHC015323
Item Package Size
Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Common Name
Desert Holly
Botanical Name
Mahonia fremontii
Zones
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Yellow
Mature Height
6-10' tall
Mature Spread
6-10' wide
Bloom Time
Late spring
Ships As
Potted Plant
Advantages
Native, Evergreen
Planting Time
Fall
Native To
North America
Ships To Canada
No
Planting Guides

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Shipping

No longer available this season.

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