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Heavenly Bamboo Nandina

Nandina domestica

Heavenly Bamboo Nandina


With bamboo-like stalks and delicate, ferny foliage, Nandina is much prized for its oriental effect and distinctive appearance. Adding to its appeal are large, erect, panicles or creamy white flowers in spring followed by decorative bright red berries in fall and winter. Berries are eaten by a variety of birds. Nandina provides attractive clumps for entryways, containers, or specimen plantings. They also add an accent to the front of a shrub border when planted in groups or clumps.

Use and Management

Nandina is a low maintenance shrub, requiring only one pruning each year to control plant height, if needed. The tallest canes should be trimmed to the ground or to different heights in early spring to reduce the size.

Nandina grows and flowers well in partial shade but will exhibit richer-colored red fall foliage if planted in the sun. Foliage diseases will be less in full sun. Although tolerant of drought once established, rich soil and ample moisture will produce a lusher. Better-looking plant. Regular fertilization encourages growth and thicker plant.

Additional Characteristics

  • Low maintenance
  • Medium texture
  • Moderate growth
  • Use as a border, mass planting, accent, specimen, and can be planted in small, medium and large parking islands


    Instant Landscape
  • Plant 18” OC for an instant landscape with a good budget.
  • Spec 3 gal containers

    Normal or budget Landscape
  • Plant 18” – 24” OC for budget landscapes.
  • Spec 1 gal or 3 gal containers

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