A very hardy, trouble-free and colorful evergreen shrub with vibrant, ever-changing foliage. New leaves emerge scarlet red in spring and mature to blue-green in the summer, as small white flowers appear. Intense red foliage develops as autumn temperatures cool. The compact shape is ideal for use around foundations or in mixed borders
Nandina domestica 'Gulf Stream' is one of the best compact shrubs for year-round foliage interest. It features a variety of leaf colors on a fairly dense, evergreen plant. New growth is bronze with orange tints. Older leaves range from blue-green to gold and red. GPP member Richie Steffen recommends it for its great red- and orange-toned winter color. 'Gulf Stream' is a tough plant, tolerant of urban conditions. Unlike other heavenly bamboos, it is bushy and compact, reaching only 3 - 3.5 feet high. It makes a fine informal hedge or can be used as a foundation planting. It can also be used in containers or in the mixed border. Complement the dissected leaves of heavenly bamboo with large-leafed evergreen shrubs such as David's viburnum or rhododendrons. The barks of paperbark maple and Chinese red birch pick up the tones of 'Gulf Stream' and make it shine.
Easily grown in average, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates mild drought. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune back 1/3 of the stems annually to promote dense spring growth.Pruning time: spring.