Evergreen shrubs, with rigid, pinnate leaves often glossy and spiny, but also some colouring well in spring or through autumn. Flowers often scented, normally yellow, but can be orange or reddish. Flowering typically occurs through winter and spring, with pollination by bees likely. An excellent, tolerant, hardy range of shrubs, with the highly popular new introduction Mahonia eurybracteata subsp. ganpinensis 'Soft Caress' being very suitable for smaller gardens. Some sources include Mahonia in the genus Berberis.