NANDINA RED BERRY (DOMESTICA)
NANDINA RED BERRY - Nandina domestica
As an ornamental plant, heavenly bamboo is primarily grown for its interesting foliage and its often spectacular fruit display. This is an upright, evergreen shrub that typically grows to 4-8’ tall and to 2-4’ wide. In Maryland, it is semi-evergreen to evergreen. Plants may also be kept more compact through pruning. Although it belongs to the Barberry family, it is commonly called heavenly bamboo because its erect, cane-like stems and compound leaves resemble bamboo. Leaves emerge coppery in spring, turn green in summer and finally change to reddish-purple in fall. Tiny whitish flowers appear in spring. Flowers are followed by heavy sprays of spherical red berries which persist from fall to spring, providing winter interest. Weight of the fruit sprays often causes the branches to arch downward. Nandina grow in shade or full sun and tends to be disease and insect resistant.