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Plant Name: Nandina
Category: Shrub

The Nandia 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:
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

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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