The plant got such an interesting name for a reason. It is named after the American gardener Mac Magon, who lived in the eighteenth century.
Mahonia refers to the evergreen species of shrub plants growing in the expanses of North and Central America, as well as in Asian countries. In height, the plant can reach a height of one and a half meters.
There are more than fifty species of Magonia.
The plant does not have thorns, but it is supplied with pin-like leaves with a shiny surface.
During the flowering period, you can observe very beautiful and well-smelling small yellow flowers, collected in inflorescences. And during the fruiting period, you can observe a dark blue-colored fruit. All of them are covered with a grayish bloom. This is an absolutely normal sign of fetal development. The color will not necessarily be blue, it can vary from red to whitish. The shape of the fetus is also not very clear. They can be presented in the form of an oval or be round, spherical appearance.
In nature, mahonia most often grows on forest soils, as well as can be seen on the slopes that are overgrown with wormwood.
Use of magonia
Very widely used in landscape design. A decorator's idea can come up with group plantings with magonia of various varietal groups, as well as planting plants in one or more rows to create a decorative hedge. The benefit of differences in the growth of mahony can vary, which will allow them to be used for growing medium and small series of hedges.
The most popular for the implementation of the ideas of landscape design are such varietal forms as: walnut (differs in interesting leaf construction, it is divided into seven small and rather dense leaves); elegant (leaf shape oval more elongated); golden (the name is justified by the color of the leaf plate); variegated (possesses variegated leaf color).
For Europe, the most typical use of the variety "Apollo". Shrubs of this varietal group in height reach one meter. They have a very neat and fluffy crown. The leaves have a complex structure and will be approximately thirty centimeters in length.
One more widespread in Europe, and now on the territory of our country, the Atropurpurea variety. It has a smaller sheet plate and a small height (up to one and a half meters).
Both varieties are characterized by the May flowering period.
Designers and gardeners lovers often combine shrubs in the hedge not only at different heights (by selecting the right variety and varying the distance between plants), but also at different flowering periods. There are magonias that will delight you with fragrant flowers in spring, and there are also those that will bloom only in summer.
Such a game on individual varietal features is, as a rule, very interesting and useful.
Plants tolerate drought. Therefore, especially frequent watering is not required for it.
Mahonia is characterized by cross-pollination and, accordingly, if you want to pamper yourself also with berries, and not just with the beauty of the landscape, then plant at least two plants on the plot.
Mahonia is very viable, regardless of whether you plant it with small bushes, cuttings or seeds.
Plant magonia in a well-lit area. Although a slight shade it will transfer well.
Prepare the soil as follows. Take humus, sand and sod land in a ratio of 2: 1: 1. You can plant, but when landing, mind you, do not compact the ground, otherwise the magon will grow badly.
When planting, the distance between the bushes of Magonia should be no less than forty - fifty centimeters. Depth of landing - fifty centimeters. Magonia should not be buried.
Care will be in periodic feeding, removing weeds and thinning the bush. And also in dry hot weather, one should water the Magonia well.
Soil compaction the plant tolerates poorly, therefore, it requires regular loosening.
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