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Re: mahonia/deer

Libby, of all the Mahonias, bealei seems, for me, to withstand
winter, summer and everything in between best.  Mine came gratis -
self sown in the woods by birds and dug up and moved...I cherish
every one I can get my paws on.  They will grow from seedling to
about 30" in about 3 years, then they sort of slow down a bit but
eventually can get pretty large.

I've also gotten seedling size at plant exchange - I grab them as
fast as I can:-)

Some east coast mail order nurseries that list M. bealei - I have no
experience ordering from them unless noted - anybody else know them?:

Elk Mountain Nursery, Asheville, NC 

Rare Find Nursery, NJ listed it last fall; probably have it this year
as well

Their site was temp. unavailable when I went to check but you could
email the owner, Hank Schannen  hank6666@optonline.net to see if they
have any.  He's on the rhodo list I'm on as that is their specialty.

Fantastic Plants.com, TN,  has a hybrid, M. bealei x media Winter
Sun that got an AGM from the RHS; might be interesting.

If you ever get down this way, I bet Behnke Nursery would have it;
would call first - they are not mailorder, but about the best nursery
in the DC area.


Hope this helps.

Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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> From: Libby Valentine <L_Valentine@adelphia.net>
> Pam & Marge,
> I had a chance to look these up this morning - they look great, and
what a
> range of site requirements and sizes they cover!  A mahonia for any
> practically, and if they grow for Marge they should survive here if
I choose
> properly.  My better local nursery (Carroll Gardens) carries only 2
and they
> are both little ones, as in short mature height.  Have you gotten
> through the mail, and if so, from whom?
> This is the 4th winter the poor hollies have been stripped clean. 
> come back, but all their energy is going into replacement leaves
and they're
> getting smaller not bigger - they are Ilex x. meserveae China Boy
and China
> Girl(s) so they don't get huge but these are stuck at 3 feet and
> They look pathetic right now.  Maybe I could transplant them into
> hedgerow, which is not yet on the usual deer circuit.  That was an
> interesting thing about the ice/snow this year - got a good picture
of what
> the current deer paths through the yard are.  They used to stay
along the
> tree line in the back - not any more.
> Libby
> MD zone 6

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