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Compact Nandina

Nandina domestica ‘Compacta’

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Compact Nandina

Nandina domestica ‘Compacta’

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Botanical Name

Nandina domestica ‘Compacta’

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Compact Nandina is a smaller form of the well known Nandina plant, or Heavenly Bamboo. It grows just 4 or 5 feet tall, rather than the 8 feet of the full-sized plant. It is very similar in habit, and just as reliable for easy gardening, but its shorter size makes it perfect for smaller spaces. It grows in almost any soil and thrives anywhere from sun to shade. It has upright cane-like stems with a cloud of tiny leaves around them, creating an attractive ferny look. Despite its delicate appearance this is a very hardy plant, tolerating some drought when well-established, and free of pests or diseases. It needs no care, yet it rewards you will changing foliage colors through the seasons. In spring the new leaves are bronzy in color, turning an attractive soft blue-green in summer. In fall they turn great shades of brilliant red, which lasts all winter. As well, plants produce sprays of white flowers in spring, which turn into large clusters of bright red berries by fall, lasting through winter.

  • Terrific evergreen shrub with a ferny look
  • Excellent red fall color and red berries in winter
  • Grows well anywhere from full sun to full shade
  • Ideal smaller shrub for smaller gardens
  • A valuable addition to any garden at all

Grow the Compact Nandina in any well-drained soil, mulching each spring with organic material. Use it to fill the space beneath larger shrubs and trees, or as part of the planting around your house. It is especially useful on the north side of buildings, where many other plants will not grow. Use it as a substitute for bamboo in Asian-themed gardens, especially smaller ones, creating a similar look, without being invasive. It also grows well in large pots, and looks lovely on a terrace or patio, bringing height and interest, and making an elegant alternative to annual flowers.

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