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I have this thing growing up through an azelia. I know it has to go, but (esp. @Walter Reeves) what IS it? Anybody?

03.25.13
It looks kind of like a holly of some sort, but the leaves are more broad than any holly I've seen! Also, if you know what it is, just what are those berries going to do? Flower? Change color? Stain my clothes?
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  • Laura S
    Laura S Pine Lake, GA
    Mahonia. You should move it to a place where you don't have to brush by it. It has very fierce stickers, but the smell of the flowers is heavenly.
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  • Jhowell H
    Jhowell H Ocala, FL
    i don,tknow,but its beautiful.
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  • Patricia W
    Patricia W Somersworth, NH
    Known as Grape Holly 'round here.
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  • Patricia W
    Patricia W Somersworth, NH
    Always wanted one but it is marginally hardy where I live.
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  • Julie F
    Julie F Noblesville, IN
    I live in central IN & have this weed coming up every year, it get's 7' tall
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  • Darene P
    Darene P Knoxville, TN
    It is a leatherleaf mahonia. I think they're just beautiful. They grow really large, and have sharp points on the leaves like holly. I wish I could come dig it up for you. I'd bring it home with me. I love them.
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  • Sue M
    Sue M Madison, AL
    Yes, it is mahonia bealei. They are really lovely. Maybe you can move it to a place of its own.
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  • Patsy W
    Patsy W Smyrna, GA
    Mahonia...just move it.
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  • Naomi J
    Naomi J Atlanta, GA
    Mahonia, the birds will clean off those berries in a matter of days
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  • Jason
    Jason Marietta, GA
    Okay, okay! After enough of you have gushed over the beautiful mahonia, I'm not sure I'm just going to kill it off. Maybe there's a corner of the yard that could use a new plant. If anyone is in the Smyrna, Powder Springs, Marietta area and would like
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  • Caitlin M
    Caitlin M North Bend, WA
    Good question Jason! With all of these answers I still can't decide what to do about mine hovering over my rosemary...and the Mahonia is about 6ft tall. Would it be easier to move the rosemary, which is about 3x3ft?
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  • Beth A
    Beth A Newton, AL
    Sometimes you just have to choose between damaging one desirable plant over another less desirable one. Even though many of us love Mahonia....its not a rare plant and would not be a great loss to just cut it down. If the azalea is the plant you want
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  • Jason
    Jason Marietta, GA
    Thanks, Beth! I'm goint to see how badly intertwined the roots are and then try your potting suggestion. If it survives my horrible gardening skills, I know I'll find a place for it!
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  • Tara K
    Oregon grape is not only decorative, but useful. the berries can be picked for jelly. The variety growing in our area is hardy to Z3
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  • Amanda
    Amanda Munfordville, KY
    This is an Oregon Gold Grape Holly. Wonderful Plants and quiet expensive. The need morning sun with shade in the hot afternoons. I had this plant and loved it!
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