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