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Nandina domestica

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Yellow-white flowers appear in late spring, followed by prolific berries that ripen from green to bright-red or purple in fall. The elegant foliage turns fiery red in fall. There are low, ground-hugging Nandina varieties; medium-sized shrubs for mid-border; and tall, bushy types for the back of the border.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsInvasive in Texas.

CareGrow as a specimen plant, against a brick wall, or in the shrub border. Grow in moist but well-drained soil.

PropagationRoot semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

ProblemsLeaf spot, root rot, and Verticillium wilt. Viruses causing reddish coloration; mosaic and distortion are common.

  • Genus : Nandina
  • Zones : 10, 11, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Bloom Time : Late Spring, Spring
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Characteristics : Showy Fall Foliage, Showy Foliage, Showy Fruit
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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