Nandina

If you are looking for an evergreen, low-maintenance shrub with beautiful fall color, lovely new growth, elegant flowers, and spectacular red berries, then Heavenly Bamboo, Nandina domestica, will surely fit the bill.

This workhorse brings a graceful texture to any garden space. Use it to create a focal point, screening, or to add evergreen color to the perennial bed.

Not actually a bamboo, Heavenly Bamboo thrives in sun or shade, moist or dry soil, and is one of the more trouble-free shrubs in cultivation. Nandinas also make good container plants for the patio or entryway.

There are many different cultivars of Nandina and they vary greatly in ultimate size - some are short, some are tall. Here's a list, divided by mature size, of some of our favorite cultivars:


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Nandina domestica 'Fire Power'

Low-growing Nandinas, 3' or under

Dwarf Nandinas offer few flowers or berries, and are instead, mostly grown for their brightly colored leaves and ease of care.

  • 'Fire Power' - Large cupped leaves turn fire-engine red in winter, then back to green and with orange tips the rest of the year. Leaves rustle pleasantly in the breeze. Grows 2-3' x 2-3'.
  • 'Flirt' - a new variety, Flirt has pretty red and salmon new leaves. Grows 18" x 18".
  • 'Harbour Dwarf' - spreads slowly like a groundcover - green leaves with copper new growth. Grows 18" x 2-3'.
  • 'Moon Bay' - bright red new leaves and red winter color - grows 3' x 3'

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Nandina domestica 'Tuscan Flame' - Photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.

Mid-height Nandinas, 3-6'

  • 'Gulf Stream' - leaves in warm tones of green, gold, copper and red are more pronounced in winter. Makes a dense multi-stemmed shrub that is not see-through. Grows 4' x 4'.
  • 'Plum Passion' - purple and red new leaves turn cool green as they age, a different color range than most Nandinas. These qualities make it very popular, but it can be hard for us to find. Upright and airy structure. Grows 4-5'.
  • 'Tuscan Flame' - bright red new leaves and dense upright shape. Grows 3-4' x 2-3'.

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Nandina domestica

Tall Nandinas, over 6'

  • 'Moyer's Red' - pinkish flowers and red berries accent green leaves that turn maroon during winter. Upright airy habit. Grows 6-10' x 4-5'.
  • Nandina domestica - this is the original species. White flowers in open cone-shape clusters, red berries in winter, green leaves w/ touches of red & orange in winter. Grows 6-10'.

Find the Perfect Shrubs for your garden

Read up on some of our favorite shrubs and remember, this is only a smattering of the variety of shrubs we carry all year long! Note: Viewing a Native Plant will take you into our Native Plant section.

Abelia

Abelia

Natives

Arbutus: Pacific Madrone

Natives

Cornus sericea

Red Twig Dogwood
Natives

Corylus cornuta

Beaked Hazelnut
decid-rhod

Deciduous Azalea

Bamboo

Phyllostachys: Bamboo

Banana

Banana

Buddleia

Buddleia: Butterfly Bush

Callicarpa

Callicarpa: Beautyberry

Camellia

Camellia

Ceanothus

Ceanothus

Natives

Native Ceanothus: Wild Lilac

Chaenomeles

Chaenomeles

Flowering Quince
Chimonanthus

Chimonanthus: Wintersweet

Clethra

Clethra: Summersweet

Perennials

Coprosma: Mirror Plant

Cornus

Cornus: Red Twig Dogwood

Corylopsis

Corylopsis: Winter Hazel

Corylus

Corylus: Filberts & Hazels

Cotinus

Cotinus: Smoke Tree

Daphne

Daphne

Edgeworthia

Edgeworthia

Chinese Paper Bush
Elaeagnus

Elaeagnus

Silverberry & Goumi Berry
Gardenia

Hardy Gardenia

Natives

Gaultheria shallon: Salal

Hamamelis

Hamamelis: Witch Hazel

Heathers

Heathers & Heaths

Hebe

Hebe

Hedges

Hedges

Natives

Holodiscus: Oceanspray

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Itea

Itea: Sweetspire

Lagerstroemia

Lagerstroemia: Crape Myrtle

Lonicera

Lonicera: Honeysuckle

Natives

Mahonia: Oregon Grape

Nandina

Nandina: Heavenly Bamboo

Natives

Osmaronia: Indian Plum

Palms

Hardy Palm

Natives

Philadelphus: Mock Orange

Bamboo

Phyllostachys: Bamboo

Physocarpus

Physocarpus: Ninebark

Natives

Native Physocarpus

Western Ninebark
Punica

Punica: Pomegranate

Natives

Rhamnus: Cascara

Ribes

Ribes: Currant

Natives

Native Ribes: Wild Currant

Natives

Rosa: Wild Rose

Natives

Rubus: Salmonberry

Willow

Salix: Willow

Sambucus

Sambucus: Elderberry

Natives

Native Sambucus: Elderberry

Sarcococca

Sarcococca: Sweet Box

Natives

Symphoricarpos: Snowberry

Lilac

Syringa: Lilac

Vaccinium

Vaccinium: Huckleberry

Natives

Native Vaccinium: Huckleberry

Viburnum

Viburnum: Arrowwood

Natives

Native Viburnum trilobum

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