Nandina Domestica

Nandina Domestica-Sacred bamboo

Nandina domestica- Sacred bamboo

Nandina domestica sacred bamboo is a medium sized evergreen shrub. It forms clumps of several slender upright canes. It’s quite and architecturally pleasing shrub. It has very attractive foliage that turn a vibrant red in autumn. White flowers are produced in summer which are followed by bright red berries, the berries hold on the bush for a very long time and are quite visually pleasing.

A great addition to almost any garden as it provides year-round interest, with its ever changing colours of foliage. Its well suited for Asian themed gardens, for use as a low screen or even placed into patio pots.

It thrives in a position in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist well drained soil. Very tolerant of frosts and dry periods once its established.

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Cultural Notes

Botanical name: Nandina domestica

Common name: Sacred bamboo

Family: Berberidaceae

Native to: Eastern Asia

Flowers: summer

Position: Full sun/Part shade

Height: 1.8m

Width: 1.5m

Nandina domestica- sacred bamboo

How big do nandinas get?

Here in our garden nandina domestica reaches a height of 1.8 metres. From time to time we like to remove the old tall woody stems and allow fresh stems to grow. We simply cut the old stem of to ground level or just below.

Is nandina domestica evergreen?

Yes. Nandina domestica actually looks its best during the winter months. During winter the foliage will turn a beautiful red colour, especially if exposed to frosts. The colder the temperature the better. Whiled the foliage looks great in winter so to do the berries. These appear in large clusters and are a very vibrant red.

Placing some garden lighting under nandina domestica will highlight the Beautiful shape of the plant and its ever-changing foliage colours.

What plants go well with nandinas?

I like to plant other nandinas with nandina domestica. Because nandina domestica grows tall i like to add in some of the smaller growers such as nandina nana and moonbay.

Other great companions are Japanese maples, acacia cognata, sedum gold mound, scaevola, ajuga and heucheras.

Should you fertilise nandina domestica?

We find it unnecessary. If growing in the garden they will find plenty of available nutrients. I find if they are too well fertilised, they don't turn that beautiful vibrant red during winter.

However if growing in a pot or container they will require a slow release fertiliser from time to time. Avoid applying it in autumn and winter, wait for spring.

Pests and diseases.

Nandina's are pest and disease free. In the years we've been growing them have never had a problem with any diseases or pests.

How do you propagate nandina domestica?

We propagate them using the seed. The seed is slow to germinate but incredibly effective. We sow the seeds in a mixture of perlite and peat moss.

If you would like to try propagating some from seed read this article or watch the short video below.

Nandinas can also be propagated using cuttings also. If you would like to learn how to propagate them via cuttings read this article.