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Nandina domestica 'Pygmaea'

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Pygmy Nandina (Nandina domestica 'Pygmaea') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Pygmy Nandina

Pygmy Nandina

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Pygmy Nandina (Nandina domestica 'Pygmaea') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Pygmy Nandina foliage

Pygmy Nandina foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  4 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Heavenly Bamboo; Japanese Sacred Bamboo

Description:

This tidy mound of evergreen foliage is brilliantly splashed with gold, red and copper tones for the winter; finer, lacier foliage than species; excellent in mass plantings for textural effect; can use in containers or as edging

Ornamental Features

Pygmy Nandina is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features an abundance of magnificent red berries in late winter. It has attractive green foliage which emerges coppery-bronze in spring. The small narrow compound leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding coppery-bronze in the fall. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Pygmy Nandina is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Pygmy Nandina is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Pygmy Nandina will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Pygmy Nandina makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Fruit  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features