The nandina is an evergreen shrub with a native habitat that includes India, China and Japan. The common name of this shrub is heavenly bamboo, and it's often seen in the southeastern United States, although some states label it an invasive species, according to the Missouri Botanical Garden.Continue Reading
The nandina shrub is a decorative plant that produces bright red berries in the fall and winter that are slightly toxic when eaten, according to North Carolina State University. Nandina shrubs have small white flowers that bloom in June, and their leaves alternate on the branches. The bright colors are great as an ornamental addition to a garden or landscape. They grow up to 8 feet high and three feet across, making them a good option for hedges in landscaping.
A versatile shrub, the nandina has a medium need for water and can thrive in direct sun or partial shade. The hardy structure means they only require medium amounts of maintenance to survive, and the shrub is not prone to any serious diseases or insect damage. A variety of soils can be used to grow this shrub, but it prefers areas with moist soil. Nandina shrubs grow best in zones six through nine but can survive in zone 10, as well.Learn more about Botany