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Nandina domestica

This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Nandina is a commonly cultivated ornamental evergreen shrub, however, it also reseeds itself readily and occasionally naturalizes.  It is weedy in disturbed areas, persisting after planting and escaping.  In rare instances, it has established dense stands in forest habitats.

Nandina can grow in full sun to shade and a range of soil types but prefers moist, well-drained soil. It has unbranched, upright canes, but can become leggy unless pruned, and may develop suckers. 

CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN. Leaves and berries are toxic to livestock and other domestic animals. Berries contain cyanide and when consumed in quantity can be toxic to birds.  

Cultivars:
  • 'Alba'
    cream-colored berries
  • 'Harbor Belle'
    salt tolerant
  • 'Moon Bay'
    salt tolerant
Tags:
#evergreen#drought tolerant#salt tolerant#cpp#deer resistant
Cultivars:
  • 'Alba'
    cream-colored berries
  • 'Harbor Belle'
    salt tolerant
  • 'Moon Bay'
    salt tolerant
Tags:
#evergreen#drought tolerant#salt tolerant#cpp#deer resistant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Nandina
    Species:
    domestica
    Family:
    Berberidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Japan
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Nandina is particularly resistant to damage by deer, and is also drought and salt tolerant.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 6 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Poisonous
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    panicle of 0.3 in. bright red berries fall into winter
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    8-15 in. erect terminal panicle of white flowers in early summer
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Smooth
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Alternate, bi- to tri-pinnately compound leaves; 12-24 in. long; metallic bluish green; hues of red-green in winter
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Naturalized Area
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Winter Garden
    Attracts:
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Salt
    Problems:
    Weedy
  • Poison:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    No cases reported in humans, but berries are possibly toxic to cats and some grazing animals.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Unknown
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Fruits