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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; Year of Registration or Introduction: 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

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No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

Editor's Note

Plant Patent number 5656 has expired
Neutral smiln32 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.


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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