Introduction to Mahonia x ‘Media Charity’
Variety: Media Charity.
height x Spread: 400cm x 400cm.
Growing conditions: Full Sun / Semi Shade and Shade, will grow in most well drained soils.
Mahonia x ‘Media Charity’ are typically grown for there attractive dark green foliage which are made up of long leaves consisting of around 5-20 leaflets depending in the age of the growth. Mahonia’s are a evergreen shrub and from around late autumn through to winter they then produce long stalked bright yellow flowers which shoot out from the ends of leaves, on smaller plants in pots they tend to shoot from the centre of the plant. Once flowered they produce an attractive purple fruit.
Mahonia x ‘Media Charity’ is one of the larger varieties and grow to around 400cm tall (13ft), they are a very hardy shrub and will grow well in most soil types including heavy clay, sand, moist or dry soils. The grow well in full sun and semi shade but will also survive in shade without any trouble. Plants which are in shade tend to be more leggy as they try to reach for the light. They are also ideal for using as a screen due to there very tall bushy nature and help deter intruders with there very sharp spikey leaves.
Mahonia are very hardy but will benefit from a mulching around the base of plants to protect the roots from frost in serve winters. This is also recommended specially if you have recently pruned your Mahonia back.
Pest and Diseases
Mahonia are generaly pest free but can suffer from Rust and Powdery Mildew but these fungus are easy to spot and can be easly treated with a garden fungicide at firsts signs of infection.
Planting a Mahonia x ‘Media Charity’
If you have purchased a new Mahonia and want to plant it we recommend using bone meal and mixing it through the soil in the hole before planting, this will encourage new root growth and give the Mahonia a good start.