Nandina Plant in Pot

Heavenly Bamboo Plants

Last Updated on May 28, 2023 by Paul Guzman

Heavenly Bamboo Plants for color and landscape design (Nandina Domestica).  Also called Nandina, Sacred Bamboo and come in numerous sizes and varieties.  It is commonly called Heavenly Bamboo.  It is grown for its year-round foliage green in spring and summer, and depending on the variety will turn a red-bronze color in late fall and throughout the winter time.

Nandina’s do well in full sun but can tolerate partial shade.  Do not plant in full shade as they will do ok but will not turn color in full shade.  From my own experience the more sun they have the brighter the colors during the fall and winter months.  Depending on the variety they can grow 3′ to 8′ ft. tall and will produce dark red berries that are toxic to humans, pets, and wildlife.

Although these plants are moderate watering it is advisable to use a good drip system and water 2-3 times per week basically 5-6 gallons or so.

USDA zones 6-11

The Gulf Stream Nandina

Heavenly Bamboo Plants
The beautiful Colors of the Gulf Stream Nandina

The Gulf Stream Nandina is a smaller bush that grows about 3ft. tall and wide.

The Common Nandina Domestica
Heavenly Bamboo Plants

I have seen this grow up to 8-9 ft. in and around the Southwest.

The Firepower Nandina

The Nandina Plant

A cool colorful Nandina! New foliage has dark green foliage, with red highlights as it ages. Brilliant red foliage develops in the fall and continues throughout winter.

You can use these plants in a rock or Xeriscape landscaping ideas. They do well in containers.

When is the best time to plant these colorful plants? Early fall you will be rewarded with great color throughout the winter seasons.

Nandina’s are slow-growing plants. 

Nandina Plant in Pot
Nandina Domestica in a container

There is also the Sienna Sunrise, Plum Passion® Heavenly Bamboo, and Tuscan Flame Heavenly Bamboo, and can only be seen over at website.

Problem with Nandina’s

As mentioned before berries are toxic to humans and wildlife.  It is rare wildlife will die after eating the berries including cats and dogs, however, they will make them sick. These plants are favorites for landscapers and homeowners because they are moderately watered and easy to maintain.

An invasive plant where there is lots of rainfall but not in and around the American Southwest with the exception of east Texas and southern Colorado.

Aphids can also start to eat away at the stems and leaves.  Best to act quickly and spray with neem oil or insecticidal soaps.

The Cucumber mosaic virus and Plantago asiatica mosaic virus will sometimes affect these plants. You can learn more about these viruses over at Garden Plants Diseases. 

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