image Nandina domestica 'Purple Passion' doubly pinnate leaves

Nandina domestica ‘Purple Passion’ | Heavenly Bamboo

Evergreen (Reddish of even purplish, actually) and easy. Very dense and full with delicate compound leaves. ‘Gulf Stream’ has the fullest folliage of its relatives. This plant is related to Barberries not Bamboo, is not aggressive in Mid-Atlantic, but does grow from rhizomes. Does well in sun or shade, warmest color comes in sunnier locations. Beautiful and tough, it has a naturalizing effect in the garden. Also nice in containers. Nice in drifts and to soften architure.

No serious pests or disease. Appreciates moisture but very adaptable to variety of conditions. Species can become leggy, but correctable with prunning
In southerly locations Nadina sp. can become more aggressive. Has been somewhat overused since it is not difficult to grow or maintain, so careful use is the right way to go. The bright berries are beloved by birds and attract mockingbirds, cedar waxwings, and robins while the flowers are attractive to bees.


‘Firepower’ 2′ to 3′, use only for short term punch, looks ragged after 5 yrs, crinkly leaves, rounded leaves and growth habit
‘Moon Bay’ 2′ to 2.5′, new, user-friendly, tight compact, branches grow up and out, angular, good choice
‘Harbor’s Dwarf’ 1.5′ to 2′, dense low almost a ground cover feel
‘Gulf Stream’ 4′ to 6′ brand new from Monrovia, fantastic color, has best of species qualities, I prefer this because it isn’t as dense as some others

image Nandina domestica 'Purple Passion' leaves

ZONES HARDINESS | SUN OR SHADE ….. 6 – 9 | sun to shade
GROWTH RATE ….. fast
HEIGHT / WIDTH ….. 2′ to 4′/2′ to 4′ (species is 4′ to 6′)
PLANT SHAPE & BRANCHING ….. multi-stemmed, dense and grassy
LEAF FORM & SHAPE ….. 12″ to 24″ (36″) long, lance shaped leaflets 1/2″ to 1″
LEAF ARRANGEMENT ….. bi-pinnately and sometimes tri-pinnately compound, alternate
LEAF COLOR ….. Evergreen | new growth is bronze, in summer developes into lovely blue-green


FLOWERS | huge pannicles of small, white blooms, not showy
BERRIES | Red berries, showy
SOIL prefers moist, good for urban setting, tollerant of pollution, moderately salt tollerant
Native to Japan and China

Dave’s Garden / Nandina domestica