Lemon-Lime Nandina

Nandina domestica 'Lemon-Lime' (PP #24,749)

Lemon-Lime Nandina

Nandina domestica 'Lemon-Lime' (PP #24,749)


How are the heights measured?

All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.

What is a gallon container?

Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.

How does the delivery process work?

All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!

Why are some states excluded from shipping?

The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.

About Me


The Lemon-Lime Nandina is a fabulous small shrub, growing 3 to 4 feet tall, with wonderful chartreuse-green new growth, and greener older growth, creating a great visual texture that enriches all the plants around it. Grow it as an edging on larger beds, or as a specimen in smaller ones. With its cloudy look of many small leaves, it is perfect for a natural garden, while still looking great in a more formal one. It is also a perfect choice for Zen gardens, or other Asian-style looks, as well as being ideal for planter boxes and beautiful pots and containers. It is hardy from zone 6, and this is a really easy plant that anyone can grow.

  • Stylish chartreuse-green young leaves
  • Smaller size for smaller gardens
  • Great edger for beds and paths
  • Doesn’t flower, so need seeds to spread to natural areas
  • Easily grown in any garden

Grow the Lemon-Lime Nandina in full sun for the best lime-green foliage color, but it will grow in almost all light conditions, including light full shade. It grows well in almost any soil, except for very wet ones, and it has no pests or diseases. It needs no trimming to keep its compact, neat look, and it almost never flowers, so it cannot invade natural spaces, as older types of Nandina have been doing. For a great look on an easy-care plant, this one simply can’t be beaten.

Plant Hardiness Zones 6-9
Mature Width 3-4
Mature Height 3-4
Sun Needs Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Zones 6-9

The Lemon-Lime Nandina has a lot going for it. To begin with, Nandina shrubs, or heavenly bamboo as they are also called, are very fashionable garden plants, and recommended for easy gardening in many different zones and types of gardens. Secondly, it is the first Nandina to feature the super-stylish color of chartreuse-green. Gardeners are using as the perfect way to brighten areas with a striking but neutral color, that looks wonderful with every other color in your garden. Thirdly, it is compact and low-growing, so it is great for smaller gardens, for edging beds, and beside paths in larger ones. Last, it doesn’t flower or set fruit, so it can’t invade natural spaces, something that older types have been doing, and that has earned Nandina a bad name in places like Florida. All-in-all, you can’t beat this top-rated variety, with so many reasons to love it.

What makes the Lemon-Lime Nandina a stand-out variety is that the leaves emerge in spring a fabulous pure lime green, a vibrant addition to your garden. As they mature, they turn darker green, but the new chartreuse-green growth continues for most of the season, so the result is a bush that has lime green outer leaves and a deeper green interior – a fabulous visual texture that is eye-catching and appealing.

Growing Lemon-Lime Nandina Plants

The Lemon-Lime Nandina is a dense, upright shrub, with many small leaves. It does look a little like a miniature bamboo plant, but in fact it isn’t even remotely related to them. It grows between 3 and 4 feet tall, and it spreads out to become a bush 3 to 4 feet wide. The plant has un-branched stems rising out of the ground, adding new ones as it grows into a denser clump. The stems are covered in large leaves, which are 6 inches long and 10 inches wide, but you won’t see that, because each leaf is divided into about 40 much smaller leaflets. These are on short stalks, and each one is only 1½ inches long and ½-inch wide. The result is a graceful cloud of leaves, creating a wonderful look in your garden.

Uses in Your Garden

With its smaller size the Lemon-Lime Nandina fits perfectly into a bed with other small shrubs, in a small space, or in front of larger shrubs in a bigger one. It is the perfect way to finish the front of a shrub bed, making a great border or edging that is neat and tidy for a more formal garden, but casual enough to look perfect in a more natural one too. For an edging, space plants 2 feet apart. It is also a wonderful and appropriate addition to a garden or courtyard planted in an Asian style, or with that sparse Zen look. It also looks fabulous in planter boxes, alone or with other plants, or in a rugged Chinese pot. In contemporary gardens too, it looks terrific, in the ground, in beds mulched with gravel, or in modern planters and pots.

Planting Location

The Lemon-Lime Nandina is hardy from zone 6 to zone 9, and it thrives throughout all the warmer states. In zone 6 it will lose some or most of its leaves in winter, but re-sprout vigorously once spring arrives, producing leaves from the top of the older stems, and from the base of the plant as well. Quickly it will establish its dense growth, and really look vibrant in pure lime-green for weeks. In warmer zones it is evergreen, and passes the winter a rich green color. Like other Nandina, you can grow this plant in any location from full sun to full shade. The lime leaf color will develop best in sunny spots, but the plant itself will grow well even in completely shady parts of your garden, although it will be closer to solid green. It will always grow better with adequate supplies of water, but once established it has moderate drought resistance.

It grows well in almost any kind of soil and does best with the addition of organic material when planting, plus an annual organic mulch over the root zone. This plant is normally completely free of pests or diseases, and always easy to grow, wherever you are. In containers and planters, use regular pot-plant soil, preferable one designed for outdoor planters. Make sure that all planters and pots have drainage holes, and don’t leave you plant sitting in a saucer of water for long periods.

History and Origins of the Lemon-Lime Nandina

Nandina or Sacred Bamboo is a native tree of Japan, China and India. It is called Nandina domestica, from the Japanese name for it – Nan-ten. It has been grown in western gardens in Europe and North America for over 200 years, but in Asian ones for centuries. The original plant can grow 8 feet tall, and while attractive it is too big for many gardens, as well as producing seeds that can be invasive in some areas. Many new varieties have been bred in recent years, and the variety called ‘Lemon-Lime’ is the result of breeding by Richard E. Davis, a breeder in Locustville, Virginia.

Davis took seeds from a yellow-berried form of the original Nandina, called ‘Aurea’, and raised many seedlings. Among them he found a unique plant – much more compact, with lime-green new growth and only flowering very rarely. This became the ‘Lemon-Lime’ variety, and he patented it is 2014. It is distributed by Plants Nouveau, of Charleston, South Carolina, a company run by two women horticulturists, who select and distribute many fabulous new plant varieties. The demand for interesting new Nandina varieties is enormous, and it far outstrips supply. So our stock of this great plant will be gone all too soon. Order now, while we can still satisfy your needs.

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Lemon-Lime Nandina

Nandina domestica 'Lemon-Lime' (PP #24,749)