I don’t like posting about plants that I am not 100% sure about but I offer this in the hope that someone may be able to confirm whether or not this is the plant I bought it as! It is supposed to be Mahonia trifolia and, as such, a rather rare species from high altitude in Mexico. I can find very little about the plant and there is also a M. trifoliata which is very different. Mahonia trifolia is suppose to be closely related to Mahonia moranensis but that looks very different to my plant with softer leaves much more like a hot-house-raised M. aquifolium. My plant is a bit of a ‘hard nut’ with very spiky leaves and dense clusters of golden yellow flowers from orange buds. Since I got the plant, the leaves have taken on a purplish tone in the cold weather. It has a rather stiff habit and I am not sure how elegant it is going to be in maturity but I will cut it some slack for now – it is too prickly to argue with. I got it because I was intrigued by it. I still am and also rather pleased.