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Heavenly Bamboo, Nandina
Nandina domestica 'Gulf Stream'

Family: Berberidaceae (bear-ber-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Nandina (nan-DEE-nuh) (Info)
Species: domestica (doh-MESS-tik-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Gulf Stream
Additional cultivar information:(PP5656)
Hybridized by Barr
Registered or introduced: 1983
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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Fall


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Patent expired

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From semi-hardwood cuttings

By simple layering

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Mobile, Alabama

Prescott, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Irvine, California

Livermore, California

Norwalk, California

Fort Myers, Florida

Homosassa, Florida

North Port, Florida

Ellicott City, Maryland

Germantown, Maryland

Millersville, Maryland

Saint Peters, Missouri

South Greenfield, Missouri

Las Vegas, Nevada

Newalla, Oklahoma

Portland, Oregon

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Fort Worth, Texas

Frisco, Texas

Kurten, Texas

Lewisville, Texas

Missouri City, Texas

Kaysville, Utah

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 28, 2009, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Editor's Note

Plant Patent number 5656 has expired


On Dec 9, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This particular cultivar was developed in Houston, Texas. The leaves are smaller and more diamond-shaped than the species plant and the bush is very dense and compact.

Autumn and winter coloring can occur depending on location, but it isn't known for producing the trademark berries.