Nandina Domestica, or "Heavenly Bamboo" as it is called in gardening circles, is a hardy, evergreen plant that is enjoying a growing popularity in stateside gardens. Nandina Domestica is versatile, resistant to the elements, and appreciative of both full and partial sun. Nandina Domestica's relation to the bamboo plant that its nickname calls to mind is distant at best. The nickname is in reference only to its slight resemblance to bamboo from farther away once its lacy blossoms emerge in early spring, making it a favorite in Japanese-themed gardens. Nandina Domestica produces leaves, blossoms, and autumn berries, and its colors change as the seasons change, making it the perennial equivalent of a mood ring for gardeners old enough to remember the popularity of jewelry by that name.
To plant Nandina Domestica quickly and easily, use cuttings rather than seeds, which can take years to show good growth. Ensure that soil is mildly acidic, in the 3.7 to 6.4 range for best results. Plan to plant during a cooler season, ideally in fall, to give the new cuttings the best chance for hardy growth. Keeping the soil moist and hydrated but not sopping wet is an ideal climate in which to plant the Nandina Domestica cuttings. Use mulch for fertilizer and mix in the fertilizer with the existing soil for best results. Unpruned Nandina Domestica plants can grow up to eight feet in height at maturity, so be sure to consider the desired size and height of mature plants and leave adequate space between each cutting for the plant to flourish.
Nandina Domestica is a great choice for garden accents and home landscaping as pruning can be done throughout the year and easily controls its shape and height. It could just be that the "heavenly" quality about this pseudo bamboo is its eagerness to please!