Nandina domestica Thunb.

Heavenly Bamboo, Sacred Bamboo

Leaves and berries

Leaves and berries

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Family: Berberidaceae

Genus: Nandina

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 6 to 9

Size: 6 to 8' tall, to 4' wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade, Shade

Description: 

Large compound leaves, green with purple to red tones in spring and autumn. Soft texture. Bright red berries persist through winter. Drought tolerant and deer resistant. Prefers moist, well-drained soil but not particularly fussy. Can become leggy if not pruned and may sucker.

Cultivars: 

'Aome' - narrowleaf cultivar, 2 to 5' tall, to 3' wide, slow growing.

History: 

Domestica means domesticated or cultivated.

Native to China and Japan and introduced in 1804.

Published in Nov. Gen. Pl. (Thunberg) 1: 14 in 1781.

RHS Award of Garden Merit in 2002, Award of Merit in 1897.

My Experience: 

I purchased a 3-gallon plant at McCorkles in September 2009 and planted it by the pool fence in the Daylily Fountain Garden. There have been no problems.


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