The Nandina domestica plant is a native of Asia. It is widespread throughout the region growing from Japan to as far as the Indian Himalayas. Often grown in the garden for its attractive autumn and winter foliage and for its bushy habit.
This broadleaf evergreen is the lone member of the genus Nandina.
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picture by Bri Weldon.
Plants tend to grow as upright shrubs and have attractive compound leaves that turn purple in the winter. These are carried on upright stems reminiscent of Bamboo.
It is an attractive plant throughout most of the year: flowering in spring, with berries in the winter. Ideally grow in mass as this improves fruiting results.
It is known to contain toxins that may be dangerous to animals, and is thus often grown in as a deer or rabbit resistant plant. It is also drought tolerant, and can be grown in areas of heavy shade.
As most parts of the plant are poisonous it is not recommended to grow this plant if you have pets (especially cats) or live close to grazing animals. The plant is also known to be toxic to birds such as the waxwing that tends to eat them in mass.
This plant is classed as an invasive species in some parts of the USA: notably North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, and Tennessee. As with all plants that are not from your local area you should check carefully whether it is right to grow a plant in your area; this will very much depend on the local growth conditions.
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