The Dwarf Nandina Gulf Stream shrub is a beloved Nandina variety for many reasons!
Nandina domestica Gulf Stream has easy care & maintenance, a small size perfect for any garden, and gorgeous fall colors that last through winter!
In early spring, new growth will emerge in orange or crimson tints and eventually fades to blue green with hints of gold or red. As soon as the first cold snap hits, the attractive foliage will turn to a deep scarlet red to put on a show for fall and winter. Truly an evergreen shrub for every season as it maintains a rainbow of colors all year long. The more sun exposure Nandina is exposed to – the brighter the foliage colors will be.
In warmer climates, the compact Nandina plant will produce small white flowers during the spring months. Eventually, these flowers will mature to bright red berries in the fall and winter. The Gulf Stream Nandina berries do not seem to form in cooler climates.
Commonly nicknamed Sacred or Heavenly Bamboo, the Gulfstream Nandina shrub can be planted as shrub borders in the landscape, as an informal hedge, in foundation plantings/mass plantings, or in containers for small spaces. The leaves of the plant are deer resistant as an added bonus.
Nandina Gulf Stream Care
Gulf Stream Heavenly Bamboo is very easy to care for and perfect for landscaping beginners! Plant the evergreen shrub across the United States in USDA hardiness zones 6-11. It prefers full sun to partial shade with well draining soil. Apply a slow release fertilizer at the base of the plant in early spring to encourage new growth.
Water the Nandina bush well the first year of planting to establish a strong root system. After 1 year, the plant is very drought tolerant once established.
How to Trim Nandina Gulf Stream
The Nandina Gulf Stream size at maturity can grow to be 3-4 feet tall and up to 3-5 feet wide. This will take several years because of the upright, compact growth habit with a rounded shape. The Nandina Gulf Stream growth rate is up to 1 foot per year. Because of this, the shrub doesn’t need much pruning. You should prune nandina to maintain the desired size and shape to your liking. Take out any dead or dying branches when you prune too.
When to Trim Nandina Gulf Stream
Gulf Stream Nandina pruning should take place in late winter or early spring while the plant is still dormant. It may not need annual pruning but once every 2 years should suffice.
This evergreen shrub is pest and disease resistant. Nandina has a long stay in the southern landscape but the dwarf counterparts are making a rise in popularity due to their small size and low maintenance qualities. Disclaimer: leaves and berries are toxic to livestock and other animals.
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Nandina domestica 'Gulf Stream'
- Evergreen with all season interest
- Low maintenance and easy care
- Drought tolerant