Nandina domestica Thunb.

Heavenly Bamboo, Sacred Bamboo

Leaves and berries

Leaves and berries


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


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.


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


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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