Nandina Shrubs

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Nandina bushes are an ornamental shrub beloved by many for their vibrant and dynamic coloring. Nandina Domestica is a member of the Berberidaceae family, and it is a broadleaf evergreen shrub native to Eastern Asia. 

Nandina is known to many as “Sacred Bamboo” or “Heavenly Bamboo” because of its “look-alike” leaves and cane-like stems. However, it is not actually related to bamboo at all.  

Types of Nandina Shrubs

There are so many Nandina varieties to choose from. You are bound to find the perfect one that is right for you. Here are just a few of the varieties that are available. 

Lemon Lime Nandina 

A nearly fruitless variety of Nandina that grows 3 – 4 feet tall. New spring growth brings forth cheerful lime-green leaves that nicely contrast the older and darker green foliage. 

Harbor Belle Nandina

This dwarf variety displays white flowers and pink leaves in spring. It is nearly fruitless but may have a few bright red berries in the fall. New spring growth matures into dark green by summer. By fall, it displays brilliant tones of burgundy and maroon. It tolerates shade and a salty marine environment. It grows to be about 2 feet tall. 

Fire Power Nandina

This cultivar of Nandina is non-invasive, mostly non-fruiting, and dwarf nandina shrub. It reaches 1 – 2 feet in height. This variety does not require pruning. It displays bright green and red leaves in spring, green leaves in summer, and then the leaves transition into bright red for the fall and winter. 

Gulf Stream Nandina

This variety is non-invasive, mostly non-fruiting, and is a compact dwarf nandina shrub. Typically, it is about 3 feet tall. It displays coppery red leaves in spring, bluish-green leaves throughout summer, and bursts into vibrant coppery red during the colder months. Occasionally, it will display flowers in spring. 

How to Care for Nandina Shrubs

Nandina tends to be very low maintenance and is easy to care for. Its hardy nature makes it resistant to pests and common diseases as well.

It is best to fertilize Nandinas once a year in the spring. Fertilizer can be added between February and June. 

Established Nandina plants are drought tolerant. Younger plants should be watered regularly.

How to Plant Nandina Shrubs

Nandina generally grows well in USDA hardiness zones 6 – 10. They thrive in rich, well-drained soil that is more acidic. Provide a well mulched bed for moisture retention. Nandinas are happy in both partial shade and full sun. 

You can use vibrant Nandina as an understory plant for larger trees, as a centerpiece surrounded by other plants, or as a splash of color in your container garden. It can also be used as ground cover or as a border shrub depending upon the variety you choose. 

How to Prune a Nandina Shrub

Wondering how and when to prune nandina shrubs? Nandinas range from 4 – 8 feet tall and 2 – 3 feet wide. You can prune nandina shrubs as needed and anytime throughout the year to preserve the desired shape. However, avoid chopping large sections at a time. It is better to thoughtfully trim stragglers, outliers, and lanky overgrowths individually. 

How Fast Does Nandina Grow?

Nandina shrubs are fast growers! They can grow up to 1-2 feet per year in any given time frame when given the appropriate growing conditions. 

How to Use Nandina in a Landscape

Nandina plants are a delightful addition to any patio, deck, or yard space. They can be planted directly into plant beds, alongside walkways, and do really well as a potted plant. 

In the fall, the foliage of the Nandina shrub dazzles the eye with an array of vibrant colors. Depending upon the variety of plant colors can include red, pink, orange, and even bronze! Fruiting varieties of Nandina display bright red berries. 

Is Nandina Deer Resistant?

If deer can find other options they will not eat nandina bushes! You are in luck because they are one of the best low maintenance and colorful shrubs on the market, and they are deer resistant!

Other Considerations

Keep in mind that though beautiful, the berries of fruiting varieties can be poisonous to pets, livestock, and wild animals. Though the poison characteristics of Nandina are low in severity overall, the berries can be especially toxic to birds, dogs, and cats in particular. The berries contain cyanogenic glycosides that can cause death when eaten in large quantities. When planting Nandina, place it in areas that are not easily accessible to at-risk pets and animals, if possible. 

The fruiting varieties of Nandina are considered to be invasive, especially in the Southeastern United States. However, not all varieties of Nandina are invasive. 

The non-fruiting varieties of Nandina are considered non-invasive. Nandina does spread via the root, as well as through its berries. Therefore, if you don’t want it to spread, use in-ground barriers to curb expansion. 

Consider adding Nandina to your home or business landscape today. It makes a wonderful addition to any garden space. Their bright red coloration is sure to dazzle the eye and contribute an unparalleled aesthetic beauty throughout the colder months. 

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