Nandina Domestica (Heavenly Bamboo)

Heavenly bamboo
  • Origin: China, Japan
  • Genus: Nandina
  • Species: domestica
  • Common Name: Heavenly Bamboo
  • Situation: Full sun to part shade, any well-drained soil
  • Eventual height: 2m
  • Eventual spread: 2m
  • Hardiness: Fully hardy

This shrub is not a bamboo, but certainly heavenly. It is a slowly suckering shrub, related to Berberis and Mahonia, producing upright, largely unbranching stems topped by tiers of the most elegantly divided leathery leaves.

New growth is tinted bronzy-red, a tint repeated at the onset of cold weather in autumn. Conspicuous sprays of white flowers are produced in summer followed, in a good season, by bright red berries.

It will grow in practically any soil, taking extreme drought in its stride. Also good for containers.

2L plants supplied approx 40-45cm high

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