Nandina 'Blush Pink'
(Nandina domestica 'Blush Pink')
'Blush Pink' Nandina is a Florida-Friendly selection of the invasive ornamental commonly known as heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica). In fact, ‘Blush Pink’ is a new version of the old standby Nandina ‘Firepower’. This compact, evergreen shrub is characterized by upright, cane-like stems with compound leaves that are light to medium green with pink new growth during summer and a bright purplish-pink to red during fall and winter. What makes this cultivar a good choice for Florida gardens is its lack of flowers and fruit, compared to the “resident species” of Nandina which spreads readily by seed into natural areas.
Mature Size: 2 feet tall; 1.5 to 2 feet wide
Growth Rate: Moderate to Fast
Plant Habit: Mounded
Ornamental Characteristics & Uses:
Foliage Color: Light to medium green, with pink new growth in spring and summer; purplish-pink to red during winter.
Flower Color: N/A
Attracts Wildlife: None
Uses: Mass planting, borders and foundation plantings, accent plant
Cold Hardiness Zone(s): 6-10
Hardy Temp: -10o F
Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Needs: Moderate
Soil Tolerances: Prefers moist, well-drained soils
Soil pH: Acidic to Slightly Alkaline
General Care & Growing Tips:
'Blush Pink' Nandina grows best in moist, fertile soil under light shade. Like most plants, it should be mulched to retain soil moisture, and may require supplemental irrigation to look its best. Does not require pruning; propagation is via cuttings or division.
No insects or diseases are of major concern.
Reference: Southern Living Plant Collection. (n.d.) www.southernlivingplants.com
Photos by: Alicia Lamborn
- UF/IFAS Sites
- Demonstration Gardens of the University of Florida's Extension Service
- Ornamental Teaching Gardens: Design, Development and Use
- Types of Gardens
- Lawn and Garden Landscape Design
- Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program
- Florida Yards.org