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NANDINA domestica 'Wood's Dwarf'

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John Rickard

Family

Berberidaceae

Botanical Name

NANDINA domestica 'Wood's Dwarf'

Plant Common Name

Heavenly Bamboo

General Description

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 flowers and fruit. The cultivar 'Wood's Dwarf' is noted for its diminutive size and its particularly vivid fall and winter color. The airy compound leaves are purple-red when young and bright red in fall and winter, often with orange highlights. 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. The leaves of this cultivar are not contorted and streaked as they are in the otherwise similar 'Atropurpurea Nana.' Flowers and fruit are minimal or absent.

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. Petite forms such as 'Wood's Dwarf' are valued for foundation planting, smaller hedges, containers, and Asian-inspired compositions.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 4

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    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

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Native To

    China, Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Red, Green, Purple, Copper

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Green, Purple, Blue Green, Burgundy, Orange Red

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Red, Green, Purple, Blue Green, Bronze, Orange Red

  • Bark Color

    Green, Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No