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Cultural Details for Nandina domestica

Common Name:
Nandina; Heavenly-Bamboo (NOT true bamboo)

Growth Rate:

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:
Less than height in spread

Flower Details:
Pinkish in bud finally white with yellow anthers, .25 to .5" across, 3 to 6 petals May-June framed by elegant foliage

Fruit Details:
Spectacular, bright red berry ripening in Sept.- Oct. and persisting through winter; more showy than holly because the fruit is not hidden by foliage

Fall Color:
Reddish tint in winter

Bark Details:
Reddish purple when young; later ugly brown

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
None serious; an amazingly trouble-free plant

Native Habitat:
China, 1804

Other Features:
Used effectively to camouflage unwanted structures

Culture and Care:
Easily transplanted from containers; adaptable to extremes of soil and exposure; prefers moist, fertile soil; full shade or sun; best to thin out old stems every year or head back old canes

This plant was blooming:
4/22/2005 - 5/6/2005

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
Bed 4

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.