Nandina, Heavenly Bamboo 'Gulf Stream'

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: Gulf Stream
Additional cultivar information:(PP5656)
Hybridized by Barr
Registered or introduced: 1983
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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage


Provides Winter Interest

Foliage Color:





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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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 is said to grow outdoors 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 Jul 17, 2015, Lodewijkp from Zwolle,
Netherlands (Zone 7a) wrote:

planted a small specimen around 5 or 6 years ago and its almost 7 foot in height. You need to give it as much sun as possible for leaf colour, maybe not so much in summer but in autumn , winter and spring it should get as much direct sun as possible. I planted it under decidious trees next to decidious shrubs so i gets enough direct sun most seasons.

normal leaf colour is not dark green like most nandina , it is not as bright as ''firepower'' but not as dark as 'obsessed seika' , its somewhere in the middle and it really blends in nice with other plants it gives a more natural look. in summertime the leaf coloration is less anyway, but in winter it turns into a orange colour , not red like most pictures show. new spring foliage colour is also orange, its never overpowering ... read more


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.