Fremont Mahonia

Mahonia fremontii

Plant Details:

Plant Type: Shrub
Plant Family: Berberidaceae
Plant Description: This robust Utah native shrub produces spiny leaves that emerge burgundy, turn green and then blue green with maturity. Bright yellow flowers appear in spring to summer, turning to purple fruit that was used as dye by native Americans. The fruit is also edible, but extremely sour. It's form is uneven, but can be kept uniform with careful maintenance. It is adapted to poor soils and hot, dry conditions. It does not need additional irrigation once established.


Maintenance Type: Shrub - Evergreen
Plant Care: Shrub - Evergreen (woody multi-stemmed plants that keep their leaves and color during winter): Only minimal pruning is required and mostly to retain a desirable shape. Pruning should be done in early spring. Monitor for pests, diseases or other ailments on a regular basis.

Plant Attributes:

Mature Size: 3-8' tall and wide
Utah Native: Yes
Plant Select: No
Pollinator Friendly: Yes
Localscapes: Foundation Plant, Perimeter Plant
Foliage Interest: No
Foliage Colors: Blue-green
Bloom Colors: Yellow
Bloom Seasons: Late Spring
Bloom Period: May - Jun

Growing Conditions:

Hardiness Zone: 5 to 10
Light Requirement: Full Sun (6+ hrs sun)
Irrigation Requirement:     Very Low (Water to Establish)
Salt Tolerant: Unknown
Deer Resistant: Yes

Garden Location:

  • Neighborhood Landscapes
    • A Desert with Altitude
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter