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Agarito, Algerita, Agritos, Currant-of-Texas, Wild Currant, Chaparral Berry

Mahonia trifoliolata (Berberis trifoliolata, Mahonia trifoliata)

Plant Habit or Use: medium shrub

Exposure: sun or partial sun

Flower Color: yellow

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: red berry

Height: 6 feet

Width: 6 feet

Plant Character: evergreen

Heat Tolerance: very high

Soil: alkaline

Agarita, or wild Texas current, grows up to 8 feet in the right conditions as an evergreen shrub, though it is usually closer to 3 to 6 feet on average.

It has sharp leaves, similar to holly plants, and bright yellow wood with numerous, fragrant flowers. An early blooming plant, its flowers appear from February to March and are replaced by berries in the summer.  Agarita is one of the earliest available nectar sources for bees and butterflies.

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