Looking for all season interest in your landscape? Nandina domestica is a semi-evergreen broadleaved shrub which is known for its bamboo-looking foliage and bright red fruit display. Creamy-white flowers in spring are followed by pink fruit that matures to bright red berries which last throughout the winter months. Nandina grows to a height of 6-8 feet and width 2-4 feet and is ideal for foundation plantings, woodland gardens, informal and natural settings. Nandina is deciduous only in very cold climates where temperatures fall below -10 degrees. It is semi-evergreen in zones 6-9 and evergreen in zones 8-10. Nandina domestica thrives in full sun to partial shade and prefers to be grown in a moist well-drained soil.
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Nandina is a low maintenance shrub only requiring occasional pruning once a year to control height and maintain fullness. Several dwarf cultivars of Nandina have also been produced. Two of the nicer varieties are Nandina 'Gulf Stream' which grows to a height of 4 feet tall and 'Firepower' which reaches a maximum height of 2 feet tall. 'Gulf Stream' exhibits mostly green foliage in summer and bronze-red foliage in fall. 'Firepower' is known for its green foliage with red tips in summer followed by bright red-maroon foliage in fall. The dwarf forms do not produce flowers and fruit but are known for their superior changing foliage.
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Nandina domestica is drought tolerant once established, is not susceptible to any particular diseases and is long-lived. The seeds are enjoyed by a variety of birds and it is also known to be "deer resistant". Nandina domestica is an all around interesting addition that fits nicely into a number of landscape settings. If you are looking to add continued interest to your landscape give this plant a try and it will supply you with years of enjoyment.
As Always...Happy Gardening!
Author: Lee@ A Guide to Northeastern Gardening. All rights reserved 2014.