Nandina domestica 'Filamentosa' ('San Gabriel')

Thread-leaf Nandina, Heavenly Bamboo, San Gabriel Nandina




Family: Berberidaceae

Genus: Nandina

Parent: Nandina domestica

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 6 to 10 Hardy to 10 to 15F

Size: 2 to 3' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Thin, lacy leaves with white flowers in late spring and summer. Water sparingly. Autumn color is orange to bronze or purple/red. New growth has a red tinge.


Imported from Japan and named by Ray Yoshimura of San Gabriel nursery. Also sold as 'San Gabriel', 'Kirajuse', 'Orihime' and N. filamentosa 'Threadleaf'.

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My Experience: 

I purchased a 1 gallon plant at Garden Hood in Atlanta in October 2010 and planted it by the helipad. I took care to cover it on cold nights in winter 2011 and it suffered no ill effects. In spring 2011 it has a new flush of leaves. In winter 2012 I mulched well but did not cover, no ill effects. In spring 2013 the main stems bent over to the ground and were nibbled by rabbits. New growth came out at the base and was also nibbled by rabbits until I got a fence up.

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