Botanical Name: Nandina domestica Add
Common Name: Nandina, Heavenly Bamboo  
Plant photo of: Nandina domestica
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Bronze, Light Green, Orange, Red


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season

Summer, Fall


Full, Half, Shade





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition



Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Japanese, Tropical, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Showy Flowers, Silhouette, Specimen


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Entry, Foundation, Indoor, Patio, Swimming Pool, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Container, Filler, Hedge, Screen, Mass Planting, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: Steve Mullany/Engstrom
  • Description

  • Notes

Nandina domestica is a graceful upright shrub that grows from 3'-6' in height. It gets its name from its bamboo-like growth habit. When thinned from the center it bears a remarkable resemblance to bamboo. It is best used in groups. It can be used in a shaded patio or out in a shrub border with full sun. An interesting feature of Heavenly Bamboo is the bronze color in the new growth when planted in full sun. It also bears clusters of white flowers in the spring.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halway with native soil and water. 5. Finish backfilling hole, build basin and water.