Nandina domestica is also known as Heavenly Bamboo, Sacred Bamboo, Chinese Sacred Bamboo. Though the common name says bamboo it is not related to bamboo. Carl Peter von Thunberg (1743-1828, a Swedish naturalist) originally named it from its Japanese name Nanten. Nandina domestica is part of the Berberidaceae family of plants.
It is an evergreen or semi-evergreen, shrub. It is rhizomatous. They grow it for both its white flowers as well as the red berries. It produces berries after the flowers are done and they persist throughout winter. Nandina domestica is native to Japan, China, and India.
Nandina domestica is a hardy plant. It could be invasive if the conditions are right. It is a slow grower. It grows up to 8ft or 2.4m tall. The leaves and berries are toxic to animals.
Nandina domestica has glossy leaves and depending on the location it is evergreen or deciduous. The young leaves, in spring, are pinkish-bronze but they change to green as they mature.
How to grow Nandina domestica:
Grow Nandina domestica in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in moist but well-drained soil. Once established, it is drought-tolerant. It is generally pest-free and disease-free. Nandina domestica is easy to maintain. Propagate Nandina domestica from seed or semi-hardwood cuttings.