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Threadleaf Dwarf Nandina

Nandina domestica 'Filamentosa'

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Threadleaf Dwarf Nandina (Nandina domestica 'Filamentosa') at Rice's Nursery

Nandina domestica 'Filamentosa'

Nandina domestica 'Filamentosa'

(Photo courtesy of Loen Nursery)

Height: 24 inches

Spread: 3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone: 6a

Other Names: Heavenly Bamboo


A colorful, open evergreen shrub; features interesting needle-like foliage that takes on red and orange highlights in higher sunlight; excellent in mass plantings for color and textural effect; great in containers, rock gardens and by reflecting pools

Ornamental Features:

Threadleaf Dwarf Nandina has attractive bluish-green foliage edged in redwith hints of orange. The tiny bipinnately compound needles are ornamentally significant and turn an outstanding coppery-bronze in the fall. It features beautiful panicles of white flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The brick red stems are very effective and add winter interest.

Landscape Attributes:

Threadleaf Dwarf Nandina is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering

Threadleaf Dwarf Nandina is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Mass Planting
  • Container Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging

Plant Characteristics:

Threadleaf Dwarf Nandina will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It has a low canopy. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments.

This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing Rock Edging Garden Container
Flowers Foliage Color Fall Color Texture Bark Winter Value
Ornamental Features