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NANDINA domestica 'Pygmaea'
Dwarf Heavenly Bamboo, Heavenly Bamboo
A medium-sized tender evergreen shrub often planted near temples in its native China and Japan, heavenly bamboo is prized by gardeners worldwide for its colorful lacy leaves and attractive flower and fruit. The cultivar 'Pygmaea' offers most of these virtues at half the size. The airy compound leaves are reddish-purple when young and again in fall and winter. The foliage and stiff upright stems suggest those of bamboo, particularly when pruned in the Asian fashion with the lower leaves thinned to expose the stems. Large frothy clusters of tiny white flowers appear at the branch tips in late spring and summer. The red fruits are rarely produced.
Heavenly bamboo prefers full sun in most warm-temperate and subtropical climates but needs afternoon shade in desert regions. This very drought resistant plant grows best in fertile, evenly moist soil. Dwarf forms such as 'Pygmaea' are valued for foundation planting, smaller hedges, containers, and Asian-inspired compositions. The berries and foliage are popular for holiday décor and flower arrangements.
12 - 4
6 - 9
H1, H2, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade
3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m
Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
White, Light Pink
Red, Green, Purple, Burgundy, Copper
Green, Blue Green
Red, Green, Purple, Blue Green, Burgundy
Red, Green, Purple, Blue Green, Burgundy, Bronze
Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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