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Nandina domestica 'Pygmaea'

Heavenly bamboo

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Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Colourful new growth, Flowers, Fruit



Skill level


photo by Martin Hughes-Jones, copyright GAP Photos (318955)

Plant details

Despite its common name and appearances, nandina is not a bamboo, but a relative of berberis. The basic species is a tall shrub, up to 1.8m (6ft) high, with reddish-purple leaves in autumn and winter. Also known as 'Nana', 'Pygmaea' is perhaps the most popular variety for smaller gardens, more compact and slower growing, with good spring and autumn colouring. The brilliant leaf tints often remain all winter, together with the berries after a good summer, unless very hard frost causes some leaf loss.

Family: Berberidaceae

Genus: Nandina

Species: domestica

Cultivar: Pygmaea

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Autumn colour, Colourful new growth, Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 60cm

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