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Dwarf White Berry Nandina

Nandina domestica 'Compacta Alba'

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Dwarf White Berry Nandina (Nandina domestica 'Compacta Alba') at All Seasons Nursery

Dwarf White Berry Nandina

Dwarf White Berry Nandina

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  30 inches

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Heavenly Bamboo


A compact and graceful evergreen shrub loaded with creamy-white berries in the fall; the fall foliage has a light-green to yellow color and lacks the red color of the species; very compact habit, excellent in the garden as a textural effect

Ornamental Features

Dwarf White Berry Nandina is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features an abundance of magnificent creamy white berries from early fall to late winter. It has attractive light green foliage which emerges coppery-bronze in spring. The narrow compound leaves are highly ornamental and remain light green throughout the winter. It has masses of beautiful clusters of white flowers rising above the foliage from mid to late spring, which are most effective when planted in groupings.

Landscape Attributes

Dwarf White Berry Nandina is a 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. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering

Dwarf White Berry Nandina is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Dwarf White Berry Nandina will grow to be about 30 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It has a low canopy. 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. 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.

Dwarf White Berry Nandina makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. 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  Rock  Edging  Garden  Container 
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for current availability. It does not include our entire selection of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.