In the Garden
Despite its common name, Nandina domestica is not a bamboo but rather a small upright shrub growing up to 2 meters tall that has bamboo like leaves. This shrub has traditionally been one of the most popular landscaping and hedging plants due to the ever-changing leaf colour and dense foliage. White flowers and bright red berries add to its charm – a great plant for a low border or for a pot.
Native to much of South Eastern China and parts of Japan, this shrub is able to tolerate frost. Extremely versatile, this plant will grow in sandy and clay soils and is extremely drought tolerant once established. It’s happy in either sun or shade, but some shade improves foliage quality.