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Harbor Belle Dwarf Nandina
Harbor Belle" is a true dwarf Nandina, sometimes called "heavenly bamboo" for it's bamboo-like appearance. More details below

Harbor Belle Dwarf Nandina

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Harbor Belle" Nandina
Nandina domestica  'Harbor Belle'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-11  Find Your Zone >

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6a, where this Nandina is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.

Special Attributes

Harbor Belle" is a true dwarf Nandina, sometimes called "heavenly bamboo" for it's bamboo-like appearance. Growing to about 18 inches in height with a spread of up to 3 feet, the base of this clump-forming plant consists of open cane-like branches topped with fine compound leaves that are glossy dark green and leathery. New leaves emerge in shades of pink and develop burnished purple-red and pink hues in winter. In summer, white panicles of small star-shaped flowers appear followed by abundant clusters of round red berries that are maintained through to winter. Exceptionally versatile and easy to grow, this handsome and beautiful evergreen shrub provides a nice soft texture in the landscape and can be used as a specimen in small gardens or in small groups or planted in mass as a groundcover in sunny or shady.

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing naturally to 1.5-2 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide, it's mounding form and beautiful foliage make Harbor Belle Nandina an excellent choice for stunning groupings or mass plantings in sunny to partially shaded landscape borders and home foundation plantings. Also ideal for use to line walkways and paths. Makes a fine centerpiece or accent in container gardens. A fine addition to rock and Xeriscape gardens (low water needs).

Spacing:  18" for solid hedge or mass plantings;  4' or more for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

Harbor Belle Nandina is exceptionally easy to grow in most any average, moist but well drained soils and full sun to part shade. Plants are exceptionally drought tolerant when established. As with so many other shrubs, constantly wet or soggy can cause root rot and other plant diseases. Exceptionally low maintenance requiring little if any pruning. Its low water needs makes it highly suitable for Xeriscape gardening.

Helpful Articles

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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-11  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Evergreen Shrub or Groundcover
Height at Maturity:  18-24" 
Width at Maturity:  2-3'
Spacing: 18" for mass plantings;  4'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Low-Growing, Trailing/Spreading
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  White
Flower Size:  Small, .5"
Flowering Period:  Summer
Flower Type:  Star Shaped
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Dark Green, Burgundy
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  Yes
Berry Color:  Red
Sun Needs:  Full to Mostly Sun. Shade or Mostly Shade, All Day Filtered Sun, Morning Sun With Afternoon Shade. Morning Shade with Afternoon Sun
Water Needs:  Very Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay (Amended), Loam, Sandy, Silty
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist to Dry
Soil pH:  6.0 - 7.5 (Slightly Acid to Slightly Alkaline)
Maintenance / Care:  Very Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Insect

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