nan·​di·​na nan-ˈdī-nə How to pronounce nandina (audio) -ˈdē- How to pronounce nandina (audio)
: a widely cultivated Asian evergreen shrub (Nandina domestica) of the barberry family having red berries

Examples of nandina in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Upon examination, the deceased birds were stuffed to the gills with nandina berries. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 9 Dec. 2023 Privet, nandina, Bradford pear, porcelain berry and Asian bittersweet are all invasive berried plants that have spread courtesy of bird dispersal. Tovah Martin, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2023 Another from the collection, 'Flirt' nandina, has deep red leaves and stays even smaller. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 19 Oct. 2023 Wood-and-glass doors from the ’50s open onto the long roof, which is planted with small cherry trees, clematis and flowering shrubs including nandina and pittosporum. New York Times, 22 Sep. 2021 For folks who aren’t familiar with them, leatherleaf mahonias are cousins of nandinas. Neil Sperry,, 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, 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, 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, 31 May 2018

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Word History


New Latin, from Japanese nanten

First Known Use

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nandina was circa 1890

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“Nandina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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