Nandina domestica, Heavenly bamboo

Nandina domestica

Heavenly bamboo
Family: Berberidaceae
Origin: China and Japan
USDA Zone: 8-10?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunRegular waterOrnamental foliageWhite, off-white flowersSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Nandina domestica is a large, shrub-like plant native to China and Japan which typically grows between 5 to 10 ft tall. With its eye-catching, ornamental foliage and off-white or white clusters of flowers, this plant is a desirable addition to any garden. It prefers full sun to semi-shade and enjoys regular watering, though it is drought tolerant. Its mature plant is cold hardy down to at least the 30s F for a short time, making it suitable to grow in USDA Zone 8-10.

In colder climates, Nandina can be grown in pots or indoors to protect from winter's harsher temperatures. Indoors, it requires as much sunlight as possible, regular water, and well-drained, slightly acidic soil. Additionally, it should be pruned to manage its size and shape, with removal of the oldest canes and branches.

Outdoors in cold regions, Nandina should be kept in pots and brought indoors for the winter. To ensure the Nandina's health, the pot should be placed in a sheltered area with plenty of natural light and well-drained soil. Be sure to water regularly, as the potting soil tends to dry out quickly, but allow ample time between waterings to give the soil time to dry out. Thoroughly dry potting soil and some mulch can be beneficial in keeping the roots insulated and warm. If a freeze is anticipated, cover the pot with blankets, old sheets, or other heavy cloth.

Nandina domestica is a beautiful and versatile plant suitable for almost any garden or landscape. With its compact size and striking foliage, it offers beauty to any setting. When given the correct care and attention, this plant can thrive in any environment.

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