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In Bloom

February 4, 2013

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Plant Name:  Mahonia x media 'Arthur Menzies'

Location: Upper Garden in Mahonia Lane

Plant Notes: Mahonia x media 'Arthur Menzies' is an ornamental evergreen shrub that is an excellent planting for a winter garden. Unlike the PNW natives in the same genus, the cultivar 'Arthur Menzies' has large, distinct whorls of compound leaves on upright stems up to 6 feet high. Golden flowers blossom in winter and develop into the familiar “grapes” by late summer. The 'Arthur Menzies' hybrid was identified at Seattle's Washington Park Arboretum. It was named by Washington Park Arboretum curator Brian Mulligan for his colleague Arthur Menzies, whose garden produced the original seed. KBG’s specimen is currently growing – and blooming – in Mahonia lane in the upper garden.