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Genus named for Bernard M'Mahon (1775-1816), American Horticulturist.
Stearn, W.T. (1996). Dictionary of Plant Names for Gardeners. Cassell.


Mahonia japonica DC. Berberidaceae. Evergreen shrub. Distribution: China, although long cultivated in Japan. Listed as an ingredient in Traditional Chinese Medicines. No European or modern medicinal use.
Oakeley, Dr. H. F. (2013). The Gardens of the Pharmacopoeia Londinensis.


Previously grown as Mahonia japonica Bealei Group
Plants of the World online, Kew Science link

Geographical distribution

  • Asia-Temperate, China, China North-Central
  • Asia-Temperate, China, China South-Central
  • Asia-Temperate, China, China Southeast

Berberis bealei Fortune

Genus: Berberis
Species: bealei Fortune
Common names: Beal's Mahonia
Distribution summary: China
Habit: Shrub
Hardiness: H5 - Hardy; cold winter
Habitat: Damp woodlands in uplands around 2000 metres
Garden status: Currently grown
Garden location: Plants of the World (C)
Flowering months: January, February, March, November, December
Reason for growing: Medicinal

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