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PlantFiles: Dwarf Nandina
Nandina domestica 'Filamentosa'

Family: Berberidaceae (bear-ber-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Nandina (nan-DEE-nuh) (Info)
Species: domestica (doh-MESS-tik-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Filamentosa
Additional cultivar information: (aka San Gabriel)

One vendor has this plant for sale.

4 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 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:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive SwimmingJewel On Sep 10, 2011, SwimmingJewel from Southold, NY (Zone 7b) wrote:

FYI to Ketta: This is not a Bamboo, not even remotely related.
It's in the Barberry family.

'Heavenly Bamboo' is just another perfect example of a horribly misleading common name.
This is why we should always use latin names.

Anyway, it's a beautiful plant, unlike other Nandinas which are all weedy looking fugly shrubs to me.
Nandina domestica 'Filamentosa' is worthy to be in my garden.
It provides a feathery texture and is not weedy or invasive.
It also seems to be a dwarf.

Positive Ketta On Mar 27, 2010, Ketta from Portland, OR wrote:

Found this plant root-bound in a 1 gallon pot at a yard sale when it was 2 feet tall. Took it home and planted it right away, and literally forgot about it for two reasons: it didn't die, and I had no idea what it was.

Finally, after 3 years in a fairly sunny location I focused on it, spent some hours researching online until I figured out what it was. I've always found it intriguing and graceful, and trimmed it so the interesting 'umbrella' growth style from the top of the stems can be seen.

I gave this a positive rating because with little care, it has thrived. Never a bug on it, no dust or mildew (I live in Portland OR where it can be humid in the summer), no dieback other than what bamboos typically do. Easy care and great reward.

Now to figure out how to get more plants out of it to share with others.

Positive RonniePitman On Apr 18, 2006, RonniePitman wrote:

Colorful leaves in winter. This dwarf variety does not produce berries and hence is not invasive, unlike standard nandina.


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

Peconic, New York
Southold, New York
Charlotte, North Carolina
Portland, Oregon
Hampton, South Carolina
Austin, Texas

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