nan·​di·​na | \ nan-ˈdī-nə How to pronounce nandina (audio) , -ˈdē- How to pronounce nandina (audio) \

Definition of nandina

: a widely cultivated Asian evergreen shrub (Nandina domestica) of the barberry family having red berries

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Recent Examples on the Web For folks who aren’t familiar with them, leatherleaf mahonias are cousins of nandinas. Neil Sperry,, "Neil Sperry: Turk’s cap is a great Texas native plant for your San Antonio garden," 9 Apr. 2020 Red and gold ribbon adorns the wreath made from gilded dried hydrangea, eucalyptus and nandina foliage, red berries and small ornaments. Leada Gore |, al, "Post office unveils holiday stamps," 27 Oct. 2019 My suggestion is always to use evergreen shrubs like hollies, nandinas, junipers and others as the backbone of your landscape, then use flowering shrubs as accents in strategic places, but not across the entire front of your house. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "The garden of unreasonable expectations. It sounds like a Harry Potter book, but it's real | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 12 Apr. 2018 On the right side of the yard, white crape myrtles, red knockout roses and nandina add color and depth. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "It's no wonder they call this backyard the 'Second Street Country Club'," 31 May 2018 Dwarf nandinas including varieties Flirt, Harbor Belle and Harbour Dwarf are all very low-growing types that stay at 18 to 20 inches tall. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "It's time to make up ground in your garden with this guide to ground covers | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 23 May 2018 For a 3- to 5-foot hedge, consider dwarf yaupon holly, Chinese mahonia, dwarf sasanqua, dwarf oleander, azaleas, Indian hawthorn, nandina and Rotunda holly., "How to plant some privacy: 4 tips for growing a hedge," 27 Jan. 2018 However, these are glorious low, spreading nandinas that grow to 12 to 16 inches tall. Neil Sperry,, "Plan(t) on these top 10 best groundcover choices," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of nandina

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nandina

New Latin, from Japanese nanten

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“Nandina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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