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Moon Bay Dwarf Nandina

Nandina domestica 'Moon Bay'


Moon Bay Dwarf Nandina (Nandina domestica 'Moon Bay') at GardenWorks

Moon Bay Dwarf Nandina foliage

Moon Bay Dwarf Nandina foliage

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Moon Bay Dwarf Nandina (Nandina domestica 'Moon Bay') at GardenWorks

Moon Bay Dwarf Nandina

Moon Bay Dwarf Nandina

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  4 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Other Names:  Heavenly Bamboo


This dwarf evergreen shrub is a definite winner with its brilliant red fall and winter color and orange-red fruit; excellent in mass plantings for textural effect; can use in containers or as edging

Ornamental Features

Moon Bay Dwarf Nandina is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features an abundance of magnificent orange berries in late winter. It has attractive green evergreen foliage which emerges light green in spring. The narrow compound leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding scarlet in the fall, which persists throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Moon Bay Dwarf Nandina is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Moon Bay Dwarf Nandina is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Moon Bay Dwarf Nandina will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. 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. However, you may want to keep it away from hot, dry locations that receive direct afternoon sun or which get reflected sunlight, such as against the south side of a white wall. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. 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.

Moon Bay Dwarf Nandina makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Fruit  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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