Nandina domestica

Nandina domestica ‘Obsessed’

Nandina domestica ‘Obsessed’

Nandina domestica

Heavenly bamboo

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moist but well-drained soil
  • Flowering period: July-August
  • Height: 2m
  • Foliage: evergreen
  • Hardiness: needs protection in cold areas

Nandina domestica, also known as heavenly bamboo, is a good choice for a small garden as it grows relatively slowly and remains fairly compact.

This shrub offers attractive evergreen foliage with panicles of white flowers in summer, followed by red berries. Leaves have good autumn colour.


Nandina domestica ‘Fire Power’

Nandina domestica ‘Fire Power’ has an upright habit with foliage that turns fiery copper-red in autumn. It will eventually grow to 0,7m tall.

Nandina domestica ‘Gulfstream’

Similar in size is Nandina domestica ‘Gulfstream’. In late autumn the leaves take on a beautiful orange-red colour.

Nandina domestica ‘Obsessed’

For intense red foliage try Nandina domestica ‘Obsessed’.  ( Height 0,7m). All these varieties provide year-round interest and are well suited for growing in containers.

Nandina domestica Fire Power
Nandina domestica ‘Gulfstream’               Nandina domestica’Fire Power’


Pruning Nandina domestica ( heavenly bamboo). This shrub requires little pruning. If necessary, cut back any shoots in April that spoil the shape of the shrub.

If Nandina domestica has grown quite large, or if the shrub has become bare at the bottom you can renovate it by heavy pruning. Cut back one or two of the oldest stems just above the base of the plant in April.


Nandina domestica  can withstand – 10 degrees Celsius. Needs protection in cold areas. Cover the base of the plant with a thick layer of dry mulch to reduce frost penetration.

Plant combination

Nandina domestica goes well with Leucothoe, Erica, Pachysandra terminalis.

Pachysandra terminalis
Pachysandra terminalis