Mahonia trifoliolata (Agarita)
Agarita tells a story of resilient beauty. Its leaves have hues of green and blue but are very prickly, so the agarita is best planted away from high-traffic areas. In the spring, it produces small yellow flowers, followed by red berries. The berries are edible and quite delicious – sweet yet tart if allowed to ripen.
Agarita may look modest at first, even rough, but give it time and it will grow to an impressive shrub that anchors the space. Its flexible nature gives us choice in its use in the garden, and it is one of the few Texas native evergreens that are cherished by wildlife.
AT A GLANCE
|Sun exposure||Full sun to part sun|
|Mature height||4-5 ft|
|Mature spread||4-6 ft|
|Present in state|
|Present in county and native|
|Native to North America, but adventive & escaped in state|
|Not present in state|
|Present and rare, native in county|
|Previously present, now extinct|
|Questionable presence (cross-hatched, regardless of color)|