The Mahonia plants have bloomed and are now exhibiting their ‘grape-like’ fruits. They are located at the front of the Japanese garden on either side of the dry creek bed. Such fun plants, please don’t mistake them for a holly plant. They have very spiky leaves and beautiful blue fruit. Mahonia are a shade plant. They thrive in Japan and North Carolina, which are on relatively the same latitude and same climate. They can be found growing in the wild in Georgia, and can even be considered an invasive species. According to Wikipedia there are numerous species which are designated by the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, MO. Please come to the garden and see the fruits of the Mahonia plant!!
Judy Dougherty, Japanese Garden tender