Mahonia x media 'Marvel' PP27425

Mahonia media are fabulously tough landscape plants, but most get too large for smaller spaces. ‘Marvel’ keeps its flower power, but on a more compact, and less prickly plant. Large flower clusters in fall and winter are followed by dark blue berries. Winter foliage color when temperatures fall below 28°F.

Sunset Zones

4-9, 14-24

USDA Zones

-5°F to 0°F USDA zones 6B–9

‘Marvel’ Features

Plant Dimensions

6-8' H x 4' W

Landscape Use

Border, Mass planting, Privacy Planting, Woodland Garden

Plant Type


Growth Rate



Part shade to shade

Special Feature

Attracts Pollinators, Disease / Pest Resistance, Easy Care, Returns Year After Year, Upright Habit, Water-wise


Fragrant yellow blooms, late fall and early winter

Flowering Season


‘Marvel’ Plant Care

Water Needs

Low Water Once Established/Water-wise


Fertilize yearly in spring


Shape in early spring


Well-drained soils

Planting Instructions

1. Dig in your native soil a hole as deep and wide as the container. We recommend planting in native soil for best acclimation.
2. Fill the hole with water and thoroughly water the new plant; allow both to drain.
3. Gently place the plant on its side and remove the pot. Place your hand on the bottom of the plant and put it in the hole.
4. Return native soil around the root ball, wetting and gently tamping down.
5. To complete, create a shallow trench around the base of the plant to contain the water when watering.
6. Mulch 1–2” deep around the plant, avoiding the area closest to the stem.

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