Someone in our neighborhood posted that they were redoing their landscaping and were removing some bushes. They were putting them on the curb for whoever wanted them.
FREE PLANTS? I'm in!
They are called Chinese Mahonia. I don't know much about them but I'll do my Googling. They have grown here in the neighborhood just fine, apparently OK with heat and are fairly drought tolerant.
They are evergreen and produce these small yellow flowers that are loved by bees, that's a good thing. From what I've read so far, they eventually make small edible fruit, though I'm going to have to really research that.
Though there are three in the picture above, I ended up getting seven of them. I have put them, temporarily, in clay pots at the farm. 2nd Family will water them during the week if they look like they need it. Then as soon as the weather cooperates, I'll get them in the ground.
Free is a good thing!