Nandina domestica ‘Moon Bay’

compact heavenly bamboo

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Outstanding Qualities

This dwarf heavenly bamboo adds variety and texture to the garden. The fresh green leaves that adorn this evergreen shrub turn brilliant scarlet in winter, creating a bold focal point in the winter garden. The much-divided leaves of 'Moon Bay' contrast well with heavier-textured plants and add lightness to plantings. 'Moon Bay' combines well with bergenias, Acorus gramineus 'Ogon', Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens', Ribes sanguineum 'King Edward VII' and Viburnum davidii. It is also outstanding for mass plantings, as a low groundcover or used as a low, informal hedge.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: compact shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: drought tolerant once established

Seasonal Interest: autumn color

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: dark green, blue, bronze

Great Color Partners: gold, orange, red

Culture Notes
This heavenly bamboo looks best in full sun to light or open shade. The foliage colors are more brilliant with more sun. It is drought tolerant once established but looks better with occasional summer watering. Because it seldom flowers in the cooler areas of the Pacific Northwest, it rarely has berries in the fall. It needs almost no pruning, only remove dead or broken limbs.