Nandina domestica – Despite its common name, Heavenly Bamboo, Nandina domestica is a clumping evergreen shrub related to Barberry. The species reaches 6 to 7′ tall with an elegant, slightly arching habit. White summer flowers are borne on terminal panicles and are followed by persistent red berries. Good as an informal hedge or screen. Hardy to zone 6.
Nandina domestica ‘Sienna Sunrise’ (syn. ‘Monfar’) – This medium-sized (3-4′ tall) cultivar has a narrow growth habit (2′ wide) and rarely sets flowers. The fine-textured new growth has fiery red highlights, changing to green in summer and reverting back to a burgundy-red in fall and winter. Young specimens make spectacular container specimens. Hardy to zone 6.
Nandina domestica ‘Firepower’ – A compact form (30″ x 30″) with distinctly coarse foliage and a very dense weeping growth habit. The new growth is lime green which shifts to a dramatic crimson towards autumn and stays that way throughout the colder winter weather. This cultivar does not produce flowers. Young plants occasionally require staking. Hardy to zone 6.
Nandina domestica ‘Gulf Stream’ – This dwarf cultivar is ideal for containers, as it only reaches heights of 2.5 to 3′ tall. The new growth is green with bronze highlights, with vibrant reddish-orange winter tones. ‘Gulf Stream’ does not sucker, so spreading is not an issue. It is a good choice for foundation beds and prefers part to full sun. Grows to about 3′ wide. Hardy to zone 6.
Nandina domestica ‘Plum Passion’ (syn. ‘Monum’) – There probably isn’t a time of the year when the foliage of ‘Plum Passion’ doesn’t catch the eye – from the purplish-red new growth (contrasting nicely against the older green foliage) to the intense red, verging on plum winter colour. Growing 4-5′ tall, this variety produces white summer flowers followed by red berries. Zone 7.