Common Name: Sacred Bamboo, Celestial Bamboo, Domestic Nandine
Height at maturity: 1.5 to 2 meters
Exposure: sunny or light partial shade
Plant type: shrub
Flowering: spring and summer
Flower color: white
Soil type: rich in humus, draining
Watering: normal to wet
Use: pot, garden, flowerbed, border, hedge, isolated, container
Diseases and pests: scale insects
Toxicity: poisonous berries
Storage of seeds: 4 years in a dry place away from light at 3/4°C (refrigerator)
Native to Asian countries, Nandina domestica is a shrub with an erect and sparsely branched habit, which is cultivated for its white flowers and its ornamental fruiting but also as bonsai. Its bamboo look has earned it its name of sacred bamboo and therefore it will be useful to give an exotic or even Japanese look in a garden. Nevertheless, despite these names of bamboos, the nandina has no botany with the bamboos which are of the grass family.
In spring, young leaves are bright pink to red before turning green; old leaves turn red or purple again before dropping.
The flowers are white in color, they appear in early summer in conical clusters above the foliage.
The bark of its trunk quickly takes on an aged appearance.