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Dwarf Nandina 'Compacta'

Nandina domestica

Family: Berberidaceae (bear-ber-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Nandina (nan-DEE-nuh) (Info)
Species: domestica (doh-MESS-tik-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Compacta



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer


Grown for foliage




Other details:

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Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Prescott Valley, Arizona

Ben Lomond, California

Lincoln, California

Sebastian, Florida

Kingman, Kansas

Slidell, Louisiana

Brandon, Mississippi

Dana, North Carolina

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Jenks, Oklahoma

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Conway, South Carolina

Alice, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

New Caney, Texas

Roanoke, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 4, 2013, Gardeningman from Kingman, KS (Zone 6b) wrote:

Dwarf Nandina 'Compacta' is a very nice shrub, but unfortunately people try to plant it as a "plant it and forget it" type of shrub. And Nandinas are not that, at least not from what I have observed. There are several of these planted around my town and most of them look ratty and un-kept. Some of the older ones have broken branches, which cause the plant to look awkward and misshapen as it slowly recovers from the damage. The Dwarf Nandina Compacta is a nice shrub but, it needs to be manicured occasionally as it ages to keep its tidy form.


On Nov 26, 2006, WUVIE from Hulbert, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

While I absolutely love the Dwarf Nandina, I agree with Darius that it's height is exaggerated, which does not
detract from the plant in my opinion.

The evergreen foliage changes colors, the berries
provide winter interest. You can't go wrong planting this one.
Wish I had more of them. Very nice!


On Jul 30, 2002, darius from So.App.Mtns.,
United States (Zone 5b) wrote:

This shrub has moderate growth. Mine, seen pictured here, has been in the ground 3 years and is still less than 15" tall. The blooms are few and the berries few, perhaps to the small size. It's perfect for my bed of dwarf shrubs! Leaves turn red in fall.