Moon Bay NandinaNandina Domestica ‘Moon Bay’
Nandina can be grown in partial shade, but it will exhibit richer-colored, red fall foliage if planted in the sun. Foliage diseases will be less in full sun. Although tolerant to drought once established, rich soil and ample moisture will produce a lusher, better-looking plant. Plants survive with neglect, although regular fertilizations encourages growth and thicker plants. With bamboo-like stalks and delicate, fern-like foliage, Nandina is much prized for its oriental effect and distinctive appearance.
Use and Management
‘Moon Bay’ Nandina is a fine, compact dwarf variety, producing brilliant red winter foliage, and pale green new foliage. Somewhat smaller leaves than is typical for this species. Mature height reaches 1 ½ to 2 ½ feet. This is an upright shrub with evergreen leaves that are pinnate to 3 – pinnate with lance-shaped leaflets. Bears conical panicles, to 16 inches long, of small star-shaped, white flowers with large, yellow anthers. Red berry-like clusters are persistent through winter, and can be used in arrangements or eaten by birds.
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