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Nandina domestica

Heavenly bamboo

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Fruit, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Martin Staffler, copyright GAP Photos (220543)

Plant details

Despite its common name nandina is not a bamboo, but a relative of berberis. It forms a tall shrub, up to 1.8m (6ft) high, with bright green leaves that turn reddish-purple in autumn and winter. The brilliant leaf colour often remains all winter. Plants also produce clusters of small white flowers that are followed by attractive bunches of red berries after a good summer. Although it is a hardy plant, grow it in a sheltered spot as the growth can be damaged by hard frosts of cold winds.

Family: Berberidaceae

Genus: Nandina

Species: domestica

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Autumn colour, Fruit, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 150cm

Spread: 100cm

Reader reviews


I intend to try growing this from seed having seen it featured in Garden News. It is one of these jobs you can do at this time of the year as it needs the cold to break the dormancy and there may besome interesting variations in the foliage as a result of open plollination - who knows?

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