Maackia: - Large shrub - or tree - that is fully hardy. Pinnate foliage is normally dark green, with groups of white flowers. Pea-like seed pods in autumn. Eventually grows to tree size.
Macleania: - Non hardy
Maclura – Cudrania: - Fruit-bearing, compact shrub (M. tricuspidata) that is fully hardy - needing long hot summer for ripened and edible fruits.
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Mahonias are evergreen shrubs with yellow flowers - some very sweetly
scented in mid winter.
Large fronds of glossy pinnate leaves make for a 'tropical' look with some Mahonias.
Fully hardy, but some can suffer a bit of winter damage that soon sorts itself out.
Malus: - Normally a tree, can also be grown as large shrub. Invaluable for the 'crab apple' fruits in autumn. Together with this, a wide range of autumn foliage colours - not forgetting the display of flowers in late spring.
Medinilla: - Tender shrub with pink flowers and glossy evergreen foliage. One for the tropics or grow under glass.
Melaleuca – Paper Bark: - Very similar to the Callistemon flowers, with evergreen foliage. Not as hardy as the Callistemon. Best grown under glass.
Melianthus: - Stunning foliage - unreliably hardy! In milder areas it is worth a try. Mulch well to protect the roots from frosts. Fares better in winter if subjected to long dry summer.
Michelia: - Same family as Magnolia - but not as hardy - in fact half hardy. Best in woodland setting in warmer countries.
Mimosa: - Best under glass unless a warm country. The flowers sold as Mimosa are in fact normally from the Acacia dealbata
Myrica – Wax Myrtle: - Also known as The Bog Myrtle. The latter being the best for flowers and fruit. Evergreen compact shrubs.
Myrtus - Myrtle: - Aromatic foliage with attractive white flowers on these evergreen shrubs. Not always fully hardy - grow in sheltered place in colder regions. Normally late summer flowering - but persisting into the autumn.
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