Type: Broadleaf Evergreen
Exposure: Part Shade / Part Sun
Fall Color: Red
Foliage: Purple to Red
Maximum Growth: Approx. 4’h x 3’w
Zones: 6 to 10
(See Zone Map)
Drought Tolerance: High
Scientific Name:Nandina domestica 'Compacta'Usage: Ornamental, Specimen, Accent, Foreground, Mass, Border
Nandina can be grown in partial shade, but it will exhibit richer-colored, red fall foliage if planted in the sun.
Foliage diseases will be less in full sun. Although tolerant to drought once established, rich soil and ample moisture
will produce a lusher, better-looking plant. Plants survive with neglect, although regular fertilizations encourages
growth and thicker plants. With bamboo-like stalks and delicate, fern-like foliage, Nandina is much prized for its
oriental effect and distinctive appearance.
Use and Management
Nandina is a low maintenance shrub, requiring only one pruning each year to control plant height, if needed.
The tallest canes should be trimmed to the ground or to different heights to encourage growth and to reduce
the size. This will provide for more foliage toward the ground and promote a denser plant. This cultivar
has brighter winter foliage and may be one of the best compact selections.
Soil Moisture: Moist, well-drained
Soil Types/Tolerance: Acidic; slightly alkaline; sand; loam; clay
Foliage Color: Copper in spring turning to reddish-purple
Uses: Border; mass planting; hedge, container or above-ground planter
Additional Features: None
Special Resistance: Deer, rabbits, seashore
Available in 1, 3 or 5 gal containers.
Suggested plant spacing are:
Plant 18’, 24” to 36” OC
Spread 3” of bed mix in ground cover beds
Till 6” deep, rake beds to drain away from structure
Topdress with 2” of double ground (fine) hardwood mulch.
Hand water in after planting
Set sprinkler controller to water beds:
Once every two days for two weeks in spring and early fall.
Once a day for two weeks when temperatures reach 98+ degrees.
Have Owner monitor moisture and report over or under watering immediately.
After two weeks reassess the watering needs, and set at twice a week thereafter.