Mahonia are handsome evergreen shrubs with holly-like leaflets arranged in some varieties in long, compound
M. japonica and M. Charity make stiff, erect , can reach 8 to 10 ft., and have big leaves and yellow in slender spikes arranged like the spokes of a wheel in the first named, clustered into a sheaf in Charity. The flowers of M. japonica are also very sweetly scented. Both these handsome shrubs need a warm, sheltered but not necessarily sunny position. Neither is improved by , but M. aquifolium can be cut back after flowering or trimmed lightly in summer and is sometimes used as a low hedge.