Mahonia x wagneri 'SUNSET'

Mahonia x wagneri
Mahonia x wagneri 'SUNSET'
Wagner's Oregon grape, mahonia
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 0.5-1.5m
USUAL WIDTH 0.5-1.5m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS yellow
BLOOMING TIME April - May
LOCATION full sun to shade
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
Rarities
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I never expected to be so fascinated by a plant so common like mahonia – Oregon grape. Not that I would not be a fan of those, it is just that I have never seen a beauty in them like you see in the pictures of this rare hybrid of Wagner’s mahonia.

Sunset is a Wagner’s Oregon grape with attractive change of leaf colour. They are evergreen and leathery, pinnate - composed of 3 or 5 ovate, leaflets with small non-prickly spines. They emerge soft salmon orange, then mature to dark green, and in autumn they turn all shades of sunset: orange, salmon pink, coral red, carmine and purple red, and some yellow tones. It is a stunning view which lasts until spring when the plant begins to bloom. Flowers are composed of short, erect racemes. They are sulphur yellow and very fragrant. Bees and bumblebees feast on them as they are among the first melliferous plants to welcome guests to a dinner table.

This is a low growing shrub that does best in a semi-shaded spot, or in full sun if well mulched. Oregon grape mahonias are known to cope well with almost any type of soil including heavy clay, still, for best results we recommend moist, acidic, and well drained soil with reasonable quantity of organic matter. Pruning is possible after flowering and is suggested on older plants in order to maintain a compact shape without defoliated branches. The flowers may seem to come out too early in the spring but frosts usually cannot damage them as mahonia reliably flowers even under a snow cap. Fully hardy to abt. -27°C (USDA zone 5), possibly more but we have not had a chance to test it yet.

Last update 12-04-2015
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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