Mahonia bealei

Leatherleaf Mahonia

Origin Of Species
Physical Description
Leatherleaf mahonia is a slow-growing evergreen shrub that may reach between five and ten feet in height and between three and four feet in width.  Its stiff alternating leaves have characteristic spikes and may reach up to four inches in length.  Yellow flowers bloom in late winter and early spring.  Blue oval fruits are very small and fleshy and appear in clusters.
Habitat And Distribution
Leatherleaf mahonia is prevalent on forest edges and along roadsides and is distributed throughout the eastern, western, and southern coasts of the United States.
Location On Campus
Leatherleaf mahonia is cultivated on campus behind Weinstein Hall and along Gateway Road near the Business School parking lot.
Negative Impacts
Leatherleaf mahonia is an extremely resilient plant with few predators, which permit it to spread readily with the help of birds who favor the fruits and disperse their seeds.  It is able to survive in a wide range of climate and soil conditions, often displacing native vegetation.
VDCR Invasiveness Ranking
Not evaluated

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