These native plants are suitable substitutes for Nandina domestica in the landscape.
Coastal Leucothoe (Leucothoe axillaris) is evergreen and has clusters of showy white flowers in spring and colorful foliage.
Doghobble (Leucothoe fontanesiana) is evergreen and has clusters of showy white flowers in spring and colorful foliage. Grows best in East Tennessee.
Floria Hobblebush (Agarista populifolia) is evergreen and has clusters of showy white fragrant flowers in spring and colorful foliage. Cultivar ‘Leprechaun’ has a compact growth habit. Attracts bees and butterflies.
Yellowroot (Xanthorhiza simplicissima) forms a low mound of compound foliage with great fall color and sprays of small maroon flowers in early spring.
Golden and Shrubby St. John’s-wort (Hypericum frondosum and H. prolificum) have showy yellow flower in early summer and exfoliating bark. They are adaptable to a variety of sites and have a tough constitution. Attracts bees and birds.