Mahonia × media 'Winter Sun'

3 litre pot £27.99
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Buy Mahonia × media 'Winter Sun' mahonia: Evergreen, with bright yellow winter flowers

  • Position: full or partial shade
  • Soil: moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist or well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: November to March
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Slender spikes of bright yellow flowers appear from November to March, above rosettes of large, handsome, dark green, holly-like leaves. The flowers of this lovely, upright, evergreen shrub have a fragrance reminiscent of lily-of-the-valley, and seem to glow in the wintry sunlight. They are followed by bunches of highly ornamental, round, deep purple berries. This mahonia makes a lovely focal point for a shady spot in the garden, where its glossy, architectural leaves can be appreciated all year round. Give it space, as its leaves will spread, and conceal its long 'legs' with spring-flowering bulbs and small, shade-loving perennials. Although it prefers shade, it will tolerate sun as long as the soil remains moist.

  • Garden care: Prune in spring after flowering, reducing overlong, leggy stems to a sideshoot or a whorl of foliage and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant.

  • Humans/Pets Fruit are ornamental - not to be eaten

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Notes on Mahonia × media 'Winter Sun'

"If the plant gets leggy, reduce its size by a third in early spring and it will send out new bottom growth"

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Has thrived after a hesitant start due to unfavourable Winter weather


Dumfries Scotland




This is the 2nd Mahonia I've ordered from Crocus, for different gardens. Both times the plant has arrived healthy, settled well and thrived.




Good quality and size has easily established


Cricus always good for deciding which plant to choose. Wish they were a bit cheaper but quality good and if a rare problem will replace without a quibble.

Somerset Sue



Doing well


Adds colour to the winter garden



Lovely, easy to grow plant


Look wonderful all through the winter months and are happy in the shade. I have five and they look super


Littlehampton, West Sussex


Well packed, sturdy plant, now growing vigorously.


Garden plant for winter fragrance. Arrived in v.g.c.


S.E. Scotland


Winter Sun Mahonia - Well named.


I have had two of these bought some years ago and planted directly in my garden and they have thrived and look and smell beautiful. A focal point - much admired. I bought two more from Crocus to plant in pots on my daughter's paved patio where there is no soil at all - or so I thought! I obviously planted in pots that were too small. I lost one but the other 'took off' 'and forced its way through the base of the medium sized terracotta pot. I had to break the pot to get it out but it's now happy in a very large pot. This hardy, intrepid beauty is true to its name, brightening up the dark days. A real winner if planted in the right place and tended with care if in a pot.

Willy Neverlearn

South Yorkshire


Good plant


The plant was re-potted after purchase nearly one year ago and is still very healthy and attractive.




Already doubled in size in 1st year


Great plant for shade. Flowered in first year and put on lots of new growth. I bought another I liked it so much and seems to like it's aspect. South facing garden, part shade, free draining soil that's kept moist.

Klinkin' katie

East Lothian


A great statuesque specimen.


A lovely plant. Give it its head if you have space. Otherwise clip its wings.




Mahonia × media Winter Sun

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Hi, can you tell me what is the difference between Mahonia winter sun and charity? Also, could you confirm their sizes and flowering periods? I am planning to plant some in front of the neighbours cypress trees (north of the cypress) and I would like to confirm that these shrubs can take the shade and dryness... I live in the Northeast and have clay soils. Do you think these shrubs would thrive? cheers


Hello there Mahonia × media 'Winter Sun and Mahonia × media 'Charity' are similar but the main difference is that 'Winter Sun' has bright yellow flowers and more arching racemes, whereas 'Charity' has paler yellow flowers which are more upright. These plant are tough, tolerating shade and quite harsh conditions but they will need a moist but well draining soil. Where you are thinking of planting sounds like one of the toughest environments so I would dig in lots of organic matter to try and improve the soil before planting along with Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi, and keep them well watered.

Hi, I'm looking for plants with different textured leaves that children can touch but the problem is that the only area I have available to me is shady all day, although close to a building so quite sheltered. Thank you

gardening miss

Hello, This is going to be slightly tricky, but there are a couple of things that spring to mind. These include... Hosta Sum and Substance Luzula nivea Polystichum munitum and Mahonia eurybracteata subsp.ganpinensis 'Soft Caress'


Help with plants for N/East facing garden Hi, I have a little problem choosing some plants....... I really like the look and size of the 'Shady Pink' pre-designed corner planting plan, but our problem is that we have a north east facing garden, so we get no sun at all in the winter, and direct sun for only half a day on either side of the garden during the summer. Would this planting plan be suitable for that level of shade? We are actually are buying plants for the entire garden, so we'd need about 6 new shrubs, and maybe a small tree (we were thinking about the Prunus Amanogawa). Could you please help us with a few shrubs that would do well in these conditions? For perennials, we have been recommended; - Geranium Johnson's Blue, Kniphofia, Crocosmia, and Helleborus foetidus. Are these suitable? Many many thanks! Regards, Josee

Josee Mallet

Hello Josee, It is always difficult to give a definitive answer to the shade issue, but looking at the Shady Pink border, the most shade tolerant plants include Anemone hupehensis Hadspen Abundance, Thalictrum aquilegiifolium and Dryopteris erythrosora. If you click on the following link it will take you to all our shade-loving shrubs and for the shade -loving perennials Of the plants you have listed, the Prunus, Helleborus foetidus, Kniphofia and Crocosmia will be OK as long as there is more sun than shade. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Photinia 'Red Robin' has black spots on leaves? Also shrubs for sunny border please Hello Crocus Can you tell me why my Photinia 'Red Robin' has black spots on its leave - and how to treat it please! Many thanks Linda

Linda Binfield

Hello again Linda, Viburnum tinus 'French White' is an evergreen shrub that flowers in late winter and spring, so you could get too seasons of interest - just click on the following link to go straight to it. Mahonias will flower in winter too while Daphne odora Aureomarginata is pretty early in the spring For shrubs that flower throughout the summer, then here are some of my favourites:- Ceanothus Lavender Hebe I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant Doctor

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I'll try that Helen - thank you. Also I have a lovely Crocus voucher to spend! I have just cleared an old sunny border in front of an ornamental wall. I have kept a large Hydrangea at the end of the border but would like a couple of shrubs to put alongside to give some winter colour. Do you have any suggestions that would complement the Hydrangea? Thank you for your prompt reply. Linda

Crocus Helpdesk

Hello Linda, The most likely cause of these black spots is Fungal Leaf Spot. This can be caused by a number of things, but is usually a result of the plant being stressed in some way. It may be that it was slightly too cold in winter, or if it is in a pot it may need to be moved to a larger one, or planted out into the ground. Keep an eye on the watering and try to improve the general growing conditions and you should start to see new growth. If the black spots are really unsightly, you should pick off the affected leaves (being careful not to defoliate it completely) and give it a feed with a general purpose fertiliser like Growmore. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

Linda Binfield

Winter flowering shrubs and climbers to plant with new hedge Hello, I have newly planted a hedge (made up from Hornbeam, Rosa rugosa, Blackthorn, Cornus, Hawthorn and Hazel) about 50ft long. I have been told that if I was to plant amongst the hedge some winter flowering Clematis such as 'Wisley Cream' it would give some nice colour these bleak winter months when the hedge is bare of foliage. The hedge is south facing and although the ground is ???good??? heavy Cambridgeshire clay the hedge has been planted in a trench back filled with leaf mulch, chipped wood and spent peat. Although I have said about in-planting Clematis in the hedge, I am open to other plant suggestions if you have any. Regards Terry

Terry Allum

Hello Terry, If you click on the following link it will take you to all our winter flowering climbers - of which the Jasminum is tougher and more like a shrub. Alternatively, this link will take you to all our winter flowering shrubs. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Low maintenance exterior plants for office lightwell Hello Plant Doctor, Please advise on which evergreen plants would be suitable for a shady lightwell in my new office. Many Thanks, Colin


Hello Colin, If you click on the following link it will take you to a selection of evergreen shrubs that can tolerate low light levels. I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant Doctor

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Some more help? Dear Sirs I want to plant a Viburnum ?? bodnantense Charles Lamont at the bottom of a 55ft garden for winter interest. Would I get any benefit from this shrub at this sort of distance? As you can tell I'm very much a novice at all this gardening business!! Thank you for your help Regards Lynn

Lynn BT

Hello again Lynn, There are very few plants which will flower for a long period through winter, but the following are your best options. Viburnum tinus Garrya eliptica Mahonia I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

Crocus Helpdesk

Hello Lynn, This plant has very small flowers, which appear in custers on the bare stems in winter. They are not particularly showy from a distance, but they have a delicious scent, so are ideal for planting near a path or entrance.

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What evergreen shrub can you suggest? I am trying to find something evergreen to use for a privacy screen. I have limited space, so need to plant using a large pot rather than in the ground. The main stumbling block that I have is that the area gets sun for only half the day and it is also a very windy and cold area. I would like something that is fast growing to about 2m tall and wide. Can you suggest anything that fits the bill?

Mark Hill

There are a couple of very tough evergreen shrubs, which should fit the bill - here are some of the best. 'Prunus laurocerasus Rotunifolia' Portugese Laurel Mahonia


Help with creating a windbreak I live in Scotland and during the last weekend an old lilac bush blew down. The garden is small and north facing and is very exposed. I am at a loss as to what to plant as very little survives in the wind.

S A Morgan-Jones

Exposed gardens like yours do present a problem so the best thing to do is to plant a windbreak which will act as a shelter for other plants within the garden. This will then widen the choice of plants that you can use. Here's a list of large windbreak plants that can be used as the first line of defence. Hawthorn Sycamore In front of these, it is a good idea to plant tough evergreen shrubs to further cut down the wind and provide and attractive background for the 'real' plants - here are some of the best. Prunus laurocerasus Rotundifolia Prunus lusitanica Mahonia Once these have established and cut down the wind, you can plant almost any type of plant you want.


What hedge would you suggest? Can you suggest a hedge that I can grow? We have strong winds, a peat bog beside us and as I have sheep that break out, I would need a hedge that they wouldn't eat. Ideally I would like it to be evergreen.


There are some tough plants that could cope with the conditions you've mentioned, although I would double check their toxicity to sheep with your local vet. Here are some of the best. Prunus laurocerasus Rotundifolia Mahonia Hawthorn - not an evergreen but very, very tough and pretty too


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