Details6-10' 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.
|Common Name||Desert Holly|
|Botanical Name||Mahonia fremontii|
|Zones||5, 6, 7, 8, 9|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Mature Height||5-10' tall|
|Mature Spread||5-10' wide|
|Bloom Time||Late spring|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer, Fall|
|Soil Type||Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil|
|Soil Moisture||Drought Resistant / Waterwise|
|Advantages||Deer Resistant, Attract Birds, Rabbit Resistant, Native, Evergreen, Good Rockgarden or alpine plant, Low Maintenance, Good for Hedge / Screen|
|Ideal Region||Western Only|
|Neonicotinoid-Free||Yes - Learn More|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Expected ship week will display on the cart at checkout after you enter your zip code. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from Feb 25 through mid-June, warmest zones first.
Most plant and bulb orders arrive within 2-6 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses in Colorado. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.
Grass Plugs Will ship at planting time in spring, beginning in late February.
Wildflower Seed & Grass Seed Orders ship within 2-3 days.
Standard shipping costs are $4.99 and up, depending on the size of the order.
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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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