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Scientific name: Nandina domestica

Type:Evergreen shrubs
Plant Requirements
Zone:6 to 9
Sun:Full to partial sun
Plant Characteristics
Height:8 ft
Width:3 ft
Bloom:Showy flowers
Bloom Time:April to May
Bloom Color:Pink
Additional Characteristics



Wildlife value

Description Nandina, also known as Heavenly Bamboo, is noted for its large panicles of white flowers. These give rise to attractive orange red berries which contrast nicely against bright green lacy foliage.

Nandina is an evergreen shrub that grows to a eventual height of 6’-8’ in a lacy upright fashion. Mature plants can grow to 3’ in width via underground suckers. Leaves are arranged in an alternate fashion. Leaves are tri-pinnately compound and 1’-2’ long. Individual leaflets are 2”-3” long and lance shaped (with a wedge shaped base). They have a leathery texture.

In the spring when the leaves first emerge they have a red cast. During the summer they turn green before reverting back to a very pleasing reddish purple color in the fall.

In the spring pink flowers form in April. Later these morph to bright red berries which are 1/3” in diameter. Take care when planting Nandina as the berries are poisonous to the local songbirds.

Sun to shade. Otherwise, this is one of the toughest and most adaptable of plants to a variety of conditions.

It knows practically no pests or diseases unless it is direly stressed.
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