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Nandina Domestica

Hi Everyone, 

I'm trying to do a bit of research about Nandina Domestica - or Heavenly Bamboo as it is also known - before I decide whether I should go for it. 

First of all, I heard that it this plant isn't a true bamboo. Is this correct? If so, then it probably invalidates my next question...

Bamboo plants can either be running or non-running (i.e. they do/do not spread underground and pop up throughout the garden). Is Nandina Domestica non-running?

Sorry to sound thick, but I think it's always best to gather as much information about a plant before you jump into anything.

Thanks image


  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,222

    Nandina domestica is not a bamboo at all. Its an evergreen shrub and it is very well behaved in my garden, it does not run at all. I have had one for years and love it! I hack it back when it gets out of bounds and it comes to no harm.

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,222


    My nandina today - about to flower

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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,214

    As Ladybird says, it's not  bamboo - it just has a bamboo type habit of growth.

    It belongs to a completely different family of plants - mainly Barberries, ie Berberis. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • RP32RP32 Posts: 47

    Never seen these before but now I must have one, what sort of growth is likely each year?

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,222

    HI RP32. As I mentioned earlier I keep mine within bounds. It does not produce too much growth each year - maybe a few inches in old money. But Its a great plant.

    Should have said that mine is about 5 feet tall!

    Last edited: 24 July 2016 11:12:49

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