Dwarf Nandina ‘Gulf Stream’ Shrub

Dwarf Nandina ‘Gulf Stream’ Shrub

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  • Evergreen with all season interest

  • Low maintenance and easy care

  • Drought tolerant

Regular price $54.95

  • In stock, ready to ship
  • Inventory on the way
  • Ships in 2-3 business days
  • Buy direct from the grower
  • Family owned farm since 1980
  • You're good to grow this in Zone X

One of the Easiest Landscaping Shrubs to Grow!

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.


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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Shipping information

Once your Dwarf Nandina 'Gulf Stream' Shrub order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order and the destination it is being shipped. Please see the chart on the Shipping Info page to get an exact amount. We frequently have a free shipping promotion to help you save!


Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.

Planting Instructions:

Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright.  Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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Botanical Name
Nandina domestica 'Gulf Stream'

Full Sun / Partial Shade

Flower Color

Foliage Color

Mature Width
3-5 ft

Mature Height
3-4 ft

Growing Zones6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

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Anne G.
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Nandinas arrived healthy and happy

The plants arrived quickly and in good condition. The shipping packaging is sturdy. Plants were healthy and not root-bound. The company is easy to deal with. Very good experience all around.

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