Nandina domestica


Nandina domestica

Heavenly Bamboo, Sacred Bamboo

Highlight Month:


China and Japan

Growth Habit:

A multi-stemmed shrub up to 8 feet tall, speading outward by underground runners.

Growing Requirements:

Nandina will grow in sun to light shade, and is adaptable to moist or dry soil. It is very hardy and resistant to oak root fungus, as well as most pests.


Although not related to bamboo, it has the same lacy, fine-textured foliage. The leaves are pinkish when young, then turn green when mature and finally bronze or red in autumn. Fall color is best in sunnier locations. Clusters of small white flowers are followed by bright red berries, though plants may have both fruit and flowers at the same time. There are many cultivars with variations of height, flower, and berry color.

Where at Lotusland:

There are over eighty Heavenly Bamboo growing in the Japanese Garden.

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