Mahonia Mania

Mahonia lomariifolia is an evergreen shrub that we first saw in our Fall Plant ID class at City College.  Recently, I came across a small patch over on Middle Drive in SF.

Chinese Holly Grape - Mahonia lomariifolia

Chinese Holly Grape – Mahonia lomariifolia

These guys, also known as Chinese Holly Grape, have stiff compound leaves with little sharp and pointy leaflets.  They have a tendency to grow a tall single trunk, and get leggy.  Around San Francisco, M. lomariifolia gets to about 10-15 feet.  Pruning the main trunk can get them to bush out and stay a reasonable garden size.

Chinese Holly Grape - Mahonia lomariifolia

Chinese Holly Grape – Mahonia lomariifolia

Here is a better detail of the compound leaves.  They are in BERBERIDACEAE, aka Barberry family.

Chinese Holly Grape - Mahonia lomariifolia

Chinese Holly Grape – Mahonia lomariifolia

They do get these grape like fruits on them that resemble grapes.  Dave’s Garden has a great shot of those fruits.

Chinese Holly Grape - Mahonia lomariifolia

If you get to the right angle, they can look like miniature palm trees.  Side note…looks like the fog may clear today in the Outer Sunset.  It has been too long since seeing the sun.

– Far Out Flora

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