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Nandina domestica (Heavenly bamboo)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.5m
Max height
1.5m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Nandina domestica

Other names

Heavenly bamboo, Sacred bamboo, Chinese sacred bamboo

Genus

Nandina Nandina

Species

N. domestica - N. domestica is a small evergreen shrub with an upright 'bamboo-like' form; purplish leaves in spring and winter; and small, white flowers in large panicles followed by red berries.


Nandina domestica is: Evergreen

Habit

Compact, Upright

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Flushed purple in Spring; Yellow, Green in Summer; Flushed purple in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Nandina domestica (Heavenly bamboo) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 1.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Architectural, City, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Rock

Cultivation

Plant in moist, but well-drained, soil in a sheltered, sunny spot.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Nandina domestica

Other names

Heavenly bamboo, Sacred bamboo, Chinese sacred bamboo

Genus

Nandina Nandina

Species

N. domestica - N. domestica is a small evergreen shrub with an upright 'bamboo-like' form; purplish leaves in spring and winter; and small, white flowers in large panicles followed by red berries.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Compact, Upright

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Flushed purple in Spring; Yellow, Green in Summer; Flushed purple in Autumn

General care

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Nandina domestica (Heavenly bamboo) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 1.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Architectural, City, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Rock

Cultivation

Plant in moist, but well-drained, soil in a sheltered, sunny spot.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

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HelloMy Nandina has grown rather tall and bushy but stayed almost green last year. While it is in chalky soil it is up against a wall north-west facing and gets light but not much sun. Is this the… read more

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i have inherited this shrub and knew nothing about caring for it. it seems to have been badly damaged by the cold over winter. is there any way i can a) check its survival and b) help it back to… read more

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