Plant of the Day – Mahonia gracilipes

Mahonia gracilipes is a very distinctive species with pure white backs to the leaves.

Mahonia gracilipes is a very distinctive species with pure white backs to the leaves.

We love all mahonias at the JC Raulston Arboretum but one of our favorites in Mahonia (Berberis) gracilipes.  This species has pinnate leaves with a terminal leaflet much larger than the others.  The foliage is dark, blue-green on top and very white on the back.  The leaves are thick textured but not very spiny.  The summer flowers appear in terminal spikes and are red unlike almost all other species.  It grows in shade to sun.

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The red flowers of Mahonia gracilipes.

The red flowers of Mahonia gracilipes.

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