Look at my Nandina, it was beautiful and now it’s dead.
Or is it? Nandina lose their leaves if we have prolonged cold temperatures in the winter. The shocker is how much of the plant is leaves. Nandina have very large compound leaves that make up most of the plant’s volume. The loss of the leaves causes the plant to appear dead. During the winter the leaves may persist but be completely brown, as spring approaches the leaves with fall off.
When the leaves fall off, you are just left with a few stumps. The leaves will emerge in spring as string like objects emerging from all along the stems. So there is no need to worry, your Nandina will be fine, and very happy that you took the time to get to “Know Your Nandina.”