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Nandina domestica, Heavenly Bamboo

Common Name:  Heavenly Bamboo

Type: evergreen

Family: Berberidaceae

Zone: 6 to 9     Find Your Zone

Height: 3 to 6 feet

Width: 2 to 4 feet

Bloom Time: June

Bloom Color: white and yellow

Sun exposure:  full sun to partial shade

Fall Color: red

Soil: well drained, moist humusy

Leaves: evergreen

Fertilizer: Vigoro Tree, Shrub and Evergreen

Pruning: January through March

Nandina domestica, Heavenly Bamboo is considered to be so problematic for the same reasons as the Privet. Underground rhizomes help this plant spread vegetatively and birds spread the berries, putting this plant everywhere that you don’t want it. This plant has been put on the invasive species list in North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida for that reason. Covering the ground with weed block will prevent it for a little while, until the weed block starts to break down. It has also worked its way onto my top 10 most invasive landscape plants list.  

Nandina Firepower would be a much better option than this one as it is dwarf and non-invasive.


STEP 1: Digging the hole

  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.

STEP 2: Putting plant in hole

  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.

STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole

  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type. 
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.

STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing

  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.

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Posted 2015-07-30T18:20:45+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL