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Nandina Shrubs

Nandina Shrubs

The Nandina is a hardy, adaptable plant thriving in various locations, earning it the nickname Heavenly Bamboo. The Nandina requires little care and it knows practically no pests or diseases, unless it is stressed. It is a woody bush that grows in a lace like pattern and retains its leaves in the coldest of months.


General Information:

Scientific Name: Nandina

Common Name: Nandina

Family: Berberidaceae

Hardiness Zones: 6-9

Uses: hedge, edging, accent

Height: 6-8 ft

Spread: 3-4 ft

Shape: Upward Growing Clumps

Leaf Color: Green most months

Leaf Texture: Smooth

Fall Color: Red Leaves

Bloom Time: Late Spring

Bloom Color: Small white flowers turning into red berries

Roots: Spreading Creepers

Spacing: 2-3 ft

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Optimal pH: 3.7-6.4

Salt Tolerance: Moderate

Soil Tolerance: Most except sandy soil

Pest Resistance: Resistant to most

Soil Preference: Well drained


Growing Zone


Pests & Diseases: The Nandina is extremely disease and pest tolerant; deer are also not a fan of Nandina. It is very rare that they are susceptible to anything that would cause detrimental harm to the plant once established.

Planting Directions: To plant your Nandina, you will need to provide a width two times the size of the root ball. The most common reason for an unsuccessful planting is placing it too deep in the ground, the top roots of the Nandina should barley be in the soil. Unless an extreme circumstances, the loosened soil that was removed in order to plant the shrub is sufficient enough for back fill. If many Nandinas are to be planted in a row, simply loosening the soil and adding organic matter will be sufficient enough to get the plants established. Although the Nandina can tolerate neglect, regular fertilizing will provide and thicker more lush plant.

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