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Nandina domestica 'Gulf Stream' - 7lt

Nandina domestica 'Gulf Stream' - 7lt

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Nandina domestica 'Gulf Stream Rubra' is a popular cultivar of the Nandina domestica species, commonly known as heavenly bamboo or sacred bamboo. It is a compact, evergreen shrub that belongs to the Berberidaceae family. 'Gulf Stream Rubra' is highly regarded for its striking foliage, vibrant colors, and low-maintenance nature.

This cultivar exhibits a dense, mounding habit, typically reaching a height of 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 centimeters) and a spread of 2 to 4 feet (60 to 120 centimeters). Its compact size makes it a versatile choice for both small and large gardens, as well as containers and borders.

One of the most distinctive features of 'Gulf Stream Rubra' is its foliage. The leaves are pinnate, divided into multiple leaflets, and emerge as a vibrant fiery red color. As the leaves mature, they gradually transition to green while retaining stunning red highlights. This color progression creates a visually dynamic display throughout the year.

In addition to its foliage, 'Gulf Stream Rubra' produces clusters of small, white flowers in late spring or early summer. While individually small, these flowers collectively form delicate, lacy panicles that add an elegant touch to the plant. Following the flowering period, the plant develops abundant clusters of bright red berries. These berries persist throughout the fall and winter months, providing a pop of color and attracting birds to the garden.

'Gulf Stream Rubra' is a resilient and adaptable plant, thriving in a wide range of growing conditions. It is known for its tolerance to heat, drought, and various soil types. However, it prefers well-drained, slightly acidic soil and partial to full sun exposure for optimal growth and color development.

One of the notable advantages of this cultivar is its low-maintenance nature. Once established, 'Gulf Stream Rubra' requires minimal care, making it an excellent choice for busy gardeners or those new to gardening. It is relatively pest and disease resistant and typically does not require pruning unless for shaping or size control.

Overall, Nandina domestica 'Gulf Stream Rubra' is a stunning and adaptable shrub that brings year-round interest to landscapes and gardens. Its compact size, fiery red foliage, delicate flowers, and red berries make it a popular choice for adding vibrant color and texture to various garden settings.

  • Common Name

    Heavenly Bamboo 'Gulf Stream'

  • Family


  • Type

    evergreen shrub

  • Pot Size


  • Height (cm)


  • Native To

    garden origin

  • Flower

    small, white

  • Foliage

    pinnate leaves divided into lance-shaped leaflets, constantly changing colour

  • Maturation period

    10–20 years

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height


Mature Width


Shape / habit


Preferred Location


South–facing or East–facing or West–facing, sheltered

Soil Type

acid, alkaline, neutral soil, full sun

Soil moisture

moist but well–drained

Growing Period




all year



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