• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Best with regular water - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow grower, reaching 3 to 4 ft. tall and 2 feet wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Blooms:
    Occasionally produces small, white flowers, in spring.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:nan-DEE-na doh-MES-ti-ka
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Compact, Narrow
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow grower, reaching 3 to 4 ft. tall and 2 feet wide.
    Foliage color:Multicolored
    Blooms:Occasionally produces small, white flowers, in spring.
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Rustic
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasUse nandina to add year around color to all green shrub borders needing a pick me up. Use in its traditional bamboo-like application in Asian gardens with the lower stems pruned clean. Particularly beautiful in classic glazed Chinese ceramic pots. Ideal for pizzaz in shade garden compositions to stand out sharply against variegated or silver leaf foliage. Consummate foundation plant that won't outgrow its space.
    Companion PlantsKohuhu (Pittosporum); Rose (Rosa); Spreading Juniper (Juniperus); Cryptomeria (Cryptomeria); Abelia (Abelia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Easily grown in average, well-drained soil. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Drought tolerant once established. Apply a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune 1/3 of the stems annually to promote dense spring growth.Pruning time: late winter to early spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Best with regular water - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This new variety was introduced in 2003 by Monrovia Nursery Co., Azusa, CA. It is derived from a broadleaf shrub native to Asia often called heavenly bamboo even though it is not related to that grass. It has been avidly cultivated in Japan for centuries and sixty different named cultivars are known there. These plants were first described by Engelbert Kaempher of the Dutch East India Company in his 17th century work on Japan: Amoenitates Exoticae. The genus and species where classified by Thunberg who derived it from the Japanese name for the plant, nan-ten or nandi-na. Although the early information on origins point to Japan, the first Nandina introduced to the west in 1804, and was brought from Canton by William Kerr.
    Lore:
    In the summer of 1996, Mike Farrow, owner of Holly Hill Farms in Earleville, Maryland, discovered this living gem. A ravenous beauty with a tight, compact growth habit that naturally requires minimal maintenance. An amazing array of fiery colors grace the foliage ranging from red, orange and yellow to bronzy tones, remniscent of a beautiful sunrise.