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Nandina domestica
Common Name: Heavenly Bamboo Family: Berberidaceae (The Barberry Family)

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The common name strikes fear in the hearts of gardeners until we assure them that Nandina is not a true bamboo (and thus not an invasive spreader) but actually a relative of Mahonia, the Oregon grape. This is an incredibly versatile and useful evergreen foliage shrub with leaves that can be tinted red and orange on new and winter foliage. The named cultivars have the best foliage colour. Clusters of small white summer flowers give way to bright orange-red winter fruit. Full shade to full sun!

Geogrpahical Origin:
Asia - China and Japan
Native Habitat:
Ravines and valleys in mountains and warmer areas.

ClassEvergreen  Primary Bloom ColourWhite/Cream 
TypeShrub  Secondary Bloom Colour 
Height4-6'  Bloom TimeSummer 
Spread3-5'  FragranceNo 
Light ExposureSun Part Sun Part Shade Shade  Foliage ColourGreen Burgundy/Red/Purple Good Fall Colour 
Soil MoistureAverage  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone BerriesYes 
BC NativeNo    

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Recommended Companion Plants:
Miscanthus sinensis "'Purpurascens'"
Clematis (Evison Collection) "'Crystal Fountain'"
Actaea simplex "'Pink Spike'"

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