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Moon Bay Nandina

Nandina Domestica ‘Moon Bay’

Moon Bay Nandina


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

‘Moon Bay’ Nandina is a fine, compact dwarf variety, producing brilliant red winter foliage, and pale green new foliage. Somewhat smaller leaves than is typical for this species. Mature height reaches 1 ½ to 2 ½ feet. This is an upright shrub with evergreen leaves that are pinnate to 3 – pinnate with lance-shaped leaflets. Bears conical panicles, to 16 inches long, of small star-shaped, white flowers with large, yellow anthers. Red berry-like clusters are persistent through winter, and can be used in arrangements or eaten by birds.

Additional Characteristics

  • Soil Moisture: Moist, well-drained
  • Soil Types/Tolerance: Acidic; slightly alkaline; sand; loam; clay
  • 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: Plant 18’, 24” to 36” OC
  • Bed Preparation:
  • Spread 3” of bed mix in ground cover beds
  • Till 6” deep, rake beds to drain away from structure
  • Plant
  • 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 reaches 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.

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