Nandina domestica

Common Name – Nandina Domestica – Sacred Bamboo

Plant Identification

Genus: Nandina
Family: Berberidaceae
Species: N. domestica
Plant type: Evergreen shrub
Variety:
Note: Also known as Heavenly bamboo, Sacred bamboo, Chinese sacred bamboo. Despite the common name, it is not a bamboo at all. It is an erect shrub growing to 2 m tall, with numerous, usually unbranched stems growing from the roots. The glossy leaves are evergreen (sometimes deciduous in colder areas), 50–100 cm long, bi- to tri-pinnately compound, with the individual leaflets 4–11 cm long and 1.5–3 cm broad. The young leaves in spring are brightly coloured pink to red before turning green; old leaves turn red or purple again before falling. The flowers are white, borne in early summer in conical clusters held well above the foliage. The fruit is a bright red berry 5–10 mm diameter, ripening in late autumn and often persisting through the winter.

Plant Images

Nandina Domestica

Nandina Domestica

Nandina Domestica

Nandina Domestica

Plant Descriptions

Fruit / flower: The insignificant flowers are white, borne in early summer in conical clusters held well above the foliage.
Colour: white
Flowering time: summer
Flower size: small, insignificant
Fragrance: none
Height: Nandina domestica (Heavenly bamboo) will reach a height of 1.8m
Width: Nandina domestica will reach a spread of 1.5m
Foliage description: The glossy leaves are evergreen (sometimes deciduous in colder areas), 50–100 cm long, bi- to tri-pinnately compound, with the individual leaflets 4–11 cm long and 1.5–3 cm broad.
Foliage colour: The young leaves in spring are brightly coloured pink to red before turning green; old leaves turn red or purple again before falling.

Plant Requirements

Light preference: Sun to part shade.
Watering: Average water requirements
Temperature:
Soil requirements: Plant in moist, but well-drained, soil.
Fertilisation: Will benefit from fertilising.
Pruning:

Other Information

Insects: Relatively insect free
Diseases:
Propogation:
Other notes:

About the author: Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

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