Leatherleaf Mahonia Mahonia bealei (Fortune) CarriereNon-native    Synonyms: Berberis bealei.
Kingdom Plantae   >   Division Tracheophyta   >   Class Magnoliopsida   >   Order Ranunculales   >   Family Berberidaceae   >   Genus Mahonia   

Status:

Leatherleaf Mahonia is native to western China. It has escaped from gardens and become established and invasive in woodlands in the southeastern United States, from Maryland south.

Description:

Bright green, pinnately compound leaves are present year-round in this plant. Note that the seasonality chart, below, shows that there have been many more reports of it in the fall and winter months than in the spring and summer. This is because the leaves stand out in winter-deciduous woods but are obscured by other vegetation during the growing season in our region. Flowering occurs in late winter, with the flower clusters at the top of the plant.

Where to find:

Forested areas.

Relationships:

Birds like the fruits and are a vector for spread.

There are 352 records in the project database.

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Leatherleaf Mahonia in Howard Co., Maryland (1/16/2020). Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia in Prince George's Co., Maryland (4/28/2010). Photo by Kerry Wixted. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia in Prince George's Co., Maryland (4/28/2010). Photo by Kerry Wixted. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia in Baltimore Co., Maryland (2/6/2018). Photo by Kirsten Johnson. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia growing in Howard Co., Maryland (12/8/2018). Photo by Matthew Beziat. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia in flower, with visiting insect, in Montgomery Co., Maryland (1/3/2016). Photo by Jane Hill. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia in Harford Co., Maryland (1/13/2018). First MBP record for the county. Photo by Austin Jennings. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/9/2013). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/14/2021). (c) Matthew Beziat, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Matthew Beziat. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/9/2013). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/15/2016). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia at Greenbelt Park in Prince George's Co., Maryland (2/1/2017). Photo by Timothy Reichard. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia blooming in Montgomery Co., Maryland (3/18/2018). Photo by Robert Ferraro. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (12/12/2015). Photo by Tyler Bell. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia in Montgomery Co., Maryland (12/13/2020). (c) deejaye6, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by deejaye6 via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia in Montgomery Co., Maryland (1/30/2021). (c) sara tangren, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA). Photo by sara_tangren via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia in Wicomico Co., Maryland (12/10/2015). This is the first MBP/MPA record submitted from the Eastern Shore. Photo by Carrie Samis. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia in Baltimore Co., Maryland (12/7/2015). Photo by Barry Marsh. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia in Baltimore Co., Maryland (12/7/2015). Photo by Barry Marsh. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia in Baltimore Co., Maryland (12/7/2015). Photo by Barry Marsh. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia in Howard Co., Maryland (12/4/2016). Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (2/7/2017). Photo by Tyler Bell. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia growing in Montgomery Co., Maryland (1/5/2020). Photo by Bonnie Bell. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia growing in Carroll Co., Maryland (1/26/2020). Photo by Matthew Beziat. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia growing in Baltimore Co., Maryland (3/29/2018). Photo by Emily Stanley. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/3/2019). Photo by Matt Grey. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia at Lake Artemesia in Prince George's Co., Maryland (9/25/2016). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (1/19/2017). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia in Montgomery Co., Maryland (3/15/2018). Photo by Chelsea Kieffer. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (12/18/2017). Photo by Matthew Beziat. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia in Howard Co., Maryland (7/9/2019). Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia in Baltimore City, Maryland (4/28/2019). (c) rakelmaria, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by rakelmaria via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia fruiting in Howard Co., Maryland (5/7/2020). Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia in Prince George's Co., Maryland (1/2/2021). (c) lizmatthews03, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by lizmatthews03 via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia in Montgomery Co., Maryland (3/22/2016). Photo by Jane Hill. (MBP list)

Leatherleaf Mahonia in Baltimore Co., Maryland (10/17/2016). Photo by Kirsten Johnson. (MBP list)


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