Mahonia aquifolium (Pursh) Nutt.

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Report the species

Report Mahonia aquifolium to the National Museum of Natural History.

Importance and distribution in Luxembourg

Distribution map of Mahonia aquifolium (Pursh) Nutt. in Luxembourg. Data source: Recorder-Lux & iNaturalist, 2019-09-17.

This species of shrub regularly escapes from cultivation in private and public gardens to form spontaneous woody vegetation. The recent expansion of the species in Western Europe is probably triggered by climate warming (Source:

Mahonia aquifolium is a common ornamental plant in Luxembourg. Until now, occurrences in the wild remain rare. The species has been documented for the first time in 1950. It was found by Léopold Reichling on 20th July 1950 in Verluerekascht (Municipality of Larochette). There are 13 observations indicated in the Recorder database (18/01/2018).

Risk assessment

ISEIA protocol: B1 (3+2+2+2) = Watch List (Ries et al. 2013: 18).

Bibliography concerning Luxembourg

  • Ries, C., Y. Krippel, M. Pfeiffenschneider & S. Schneider, 2013. Environmental impact assessment and black, watch and alert list classification after the ISEIA Protocol of non-native vascular plant species in Luxembourg. Bull. Soc. Nat. luxemb. 114: 15-21. [PDF 652 KB]

Suggested citation of this webpage

Ries, C. & M. Pfeiffenschneider (Eds.), 2019. Mahonia aquifolium (Pursh) Nutt. In: - Invasive Alien Species in Luxembourg. National Museum of Natural History, Luxembourg. URL: [Accessed 2019-09-17].

 Last updated on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.