Mahonia is a botanical name for a genus of shrubs in the berberisfamilie (Berberidaceae). The genus is named after Bernard McMahon or M'Mahon (1775-1816), an American botanist. It has nothing to do with the mahogany wood.
There is no agreement whether this generation deserves to be recognized or that it should be inserted in the genus Berberis. The pressure of the 23rd Heukels choose the latter.
If approved a 70-count the many species. The plants in this genus are evergreen. The leaves are composed. They are slow growers. They distinguish themselves from their Berberis large pinnate leaves. The pinnate leaves are 10-50 cm long and consist of 5 to 15 leaflets. The flowers are 5-20 cm long to steal.
The genus is native to eastern Asia, the Himalayas, North America and Central America.
In Belgium and the Netherlands is only one species in the wild, ie mahogany (Berberis aquifolium, Synonym: Mahonia aquifolium). This species was originally located in the area along the west coast of North America, but from our parks and gardens overgrown.
Besides we find in gardens and parks often Mahonia japonica, or Japanese, and mahogany to Mahonia bealei.
For use in the garden are a number of varieties grown. Cultivars are:
• Mahonia aq. 'Apollo' (also called bush grape, although other types of so called)
• Mahonia aq. 'Emerald'
This winter-flowering plants provide the garden in a quiet winter, beautiful yellow hue.
The blue-black berries are edible, rich in vitamin C, but with a very sharp taste. The berries are also jam and juice processing.
See also: International Flower Delivery, Florist