Plant of the Week: Winter Sun Mahonia

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Author: 
Erika Harvey
This beautiful evergreen shrub blooms with fragrant yellow flowers in the winter months.
 

The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees — each chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, diversity, and seasonal variation in color and texture. Some of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are reflected in the park landscape today.

This week we share with you one of our gardeners’ current favorites.

Winter Sun mahonia, Mahonia × media ‘Winter Sun,’ is a hybrid evergreen shrub created through a cross between Mahonia lomariifolia and Mahonia japonica. They are especially prized for ornamental use by gardeners due to their beautiful waxy leaves, bright fragrant winter blooms, and blue berries. These plants are also great for birds. In warmer climates they provide wintertime nectar for hummingbirds, but you’ll also catch New York birds devouring mahonia’s fruit in the early spring.

Stop by the park in the winter months to catch a peek of Winter Sun mahonia’s beautiful blooms. These fragrant yellow flowers will stick around until February, before giving way to fruit.

WHERE TO SEE THIS PLANT
On the High Line between West 21st and West 22nd Streets

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