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On Feb 19, 2020, HermesIV from Austin, TX wrote:

There are professionals and cons to rising this species.

This plant was domesticated over hundreds of years from its’ wild relative.

They have been grown as small (managed) decorative home vegetation. When stored in pots or managed planter bins, they’ll make a fantastic addition to your private home or backyard.

About its’ invasiveness: Any plant is invasive when put in the proper atmosphere.
This one can produce hundreds of seeds, which fall from the plant and/or are dispersed by birds and animals, for a lot of miles. In areas the place pure pollinators are outstanding, many of those seeds might be fertile.

It’s thought of a nuisance, as a result of it pops up the place it’s undesirable. However in any other case doesn’t trigger hurt to the atmosphere.

There a… learn extra

In identified instances of hen or wild animal poisoning from this plant, different mitigating elements have been concerned. It has been discovered that when meals turns into scarce, birds and animals might overindulge within the tempting pink berries. It may be argued that, with no different accessible meals sources close by, these animals would have in any other case met related fates.

There isn’t a actual hurt from planting it in your yard, uncontrolled, nevertheless, it could end in a rise of the species in your native space.

This species is taken into account ‘stably aggressive’.
Which means that the plant naturally competes with different species, and can assist steadiness the atmosphere by stopping different species of plant from propagating unchecked. So in some ways, introducing this plant is helpful to the atmosphere.

In Ga. for instance, the place the plant is thought to be nicely established: it competes with kudzu and Asian wisteria, every of which develop over a foot per day and have taken over giant parts of the state.

Hope this data was useful.


On Oct 8, 2018, CBinDC from Arlington, VA wrote:

I am initially from OH, and had not seen this plant till coming to the DC metro space. Now we have a minimum of 2 varieties that have been planted throughout the final 5 years. I did not begin to see new vegetation sprout up from the foundation runners till I attempted to manage / form them. Now I am questioning if I like them. They’re fairly however the shorter selection that is not staying quick is simply getting thicker round when I attempt to shorten it. And the taller selection is sending out new vegetation the place I do not need them. I suppose it is continued chopping or herbicide to manage those I do not need. Ideas appreciated!


On Apr 20, 2018, graffiacane from Seattle, WA wrote:

Responding to Sempervirens206’s remark. Nandina domestica will not be a noxious weed within the Pacific Northwest. It’s in Arkansas and the Southeast, which is the viewers for the article you posted. It is also value noting that the particular birds useless of cyanide poisoning with Nandina berries of their stomachs have been in Georgia, the place Nandina is a widespread weed. That they had huge portions of berries to gorge on. There’s a helpful article on the College of Washington’s Elisabeth C Miller Library Gardening Solutions Knowledgebase about this merchandise specifically: [[email protected]]

One may argue it’s overused, nevertheless it stays a troublesome, engaging, adaptable p… learn extra

Japanese barberry can be not invasive within the Pacific Northwest. It is necessary to keep in mind that the US is an enormous and climatically various place, and what’s invasive in a single state will not be essentially in one other (or in our case, it usually varies even from one facet of the state to the opposite). In any other case people is perhaps avoiding or tearing out completely first rate backyard vegetation primarily based upon false conceptions of their invasiveness of their area.


On Dec 18, 2017, Sempervirens206 from Seattle, WA wrote:

Nandina is listed as a noxious weed and the berries kill birds as a result of they comprise Hydrogen Cyanide… good eh?

Lazy and/or ignorant individuals plant it as a result of any fool can simply develop it and it is considerably engaging. So-called “landscapers” use it of their contrived plantings together with different nugatory shrubs like invasive Japanese barberry.


On Mar 4, 2017, ekelund from Bradford, NH wrote:

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On Nov 19, 2015, cactusman102 from Lawrence, KS wrote:

Stunning plant in fall and early winter for its berries in chilly climates(zone 6-7) the place few different vegetation are engaging in late fall. Pink berries hardy to a minimum of zero levels F earlier than lastly dropping in late winter/early spring. Evergreen to zero levels; if colder, it turns into a deciduous shrub or die again perennial. Even with winter kill, the plant dries to a brownish pink winter colour. Reduce winter-kill in spring. Chilly climates just about remove the invasive potential; seedlings don’t survive. Mature peak is dwarfed by chilly local weather; 3-5′ after 10-20 years. As soon as established, mature vegetation maintain their floor however do not unfold a lot in any respect in our Kansas local weather. I’ve seen mature vegetation survive -18 levels F with 30-40mph winds (-30-40 windchill) It died again to the bottom, regrew to … learn extra


On Aug 30, 2015, Gardener21 from Randallstown, MD wrote:

I reside close to Baltimore Maryland. I’ve had considered one of these vegetation for about 25 years. It has been extraordinarily well-behaved, staying in its unique clump, with no suckering exterior the clump and never a single seedling. It is likely one of the few issues I’ve discovered that’s actually tolerant of dry shade. I am very glad to have it.


On Apr 27, 2015, vossner from East Texas,
United States (Zone 8a) wrote:

Most boring, considered one of most overplanted, can unfold recklessly


On Apr 26, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This species has been named a class 1 invasive species by Florida’s Unique Pest Plant Council.

It is made the US Forest Service’s Weed of the Week:…

And it is also made the record at Texasinvasives, maintained by a consortium of public companies:…

In accordance with BONAP, this species has naturalized in Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and all states additional south and east, in addition to in Ca… learn extra

It didn’t survive for me right here in Boston Z6a.

There are cultivars that don’t fruit considerably.


On Apr 25, 2015, Babsfan from Conway, AR (Zone 7b) wrote:

In case you love birds don’t plant this nasty aggressive plant. The berries kill birds.


On Aug 26, 2014, kikuyu from Adelaide,
Australia wrote:

Absolute nightmare. For the sake of the following homeowners (and/or your future self), please do not plant! I am attempting to develop greens in a yard filled with kikuyu grass and this junk! As said, it pops up in every single place. When chopping it, I dropped an inch-long piece of stem on the bottom… just a few weeks later, it had grow to be a plant!!

I actually wish to espalier fruit bushes the place it at the moment resides, however do not know how I’ll take away it. With herniated discs, I am unable to dig an excessive amount of so am past annoyed.


On Jul 15, 2014, Spenser from Danielsville, PA wrote:

I planted this 6 years in the past as a result of it mentioned NON-invasive. My husband likes bamboo however I’ve at all times mentioned NO, so thought this is able to be a pleasant different. Three years in the past, I observed a smaller plant popped up about two toes away and this yr (after I believed it died due to the extraordinarily chilly winter) I had many smaller ones, rising in my lilac, dwarf mugo pine and azalea. I attempted to tug them out. Dig them out. Nope, they have been all connected by roots to the guardian plant, similar to common bamboo. A few of the roots have been 4′ lengthy to the guardian plant. I’m now utilizing a brush killer on it. Nonetheless coming again however is not going to surrender. We actually do not need good soil, clay, stone and slate. So I actually do not know why it’s doing nicely.


On Could 24, 2014, obiehome88 from Lansdale, PA wrote:

I reside in Pa close to Phila. and love the Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina). I’ve Three in my yard and can get one other. I’ve not skilled them being invasive as I’ve had 2 for over 6 years now. They’re an actual accent plant in my yard.The autumn berries are beautiful and straightforward to trim.I have no idea why others see them as invasive so maybe it’s my space that’s not.


On Apr 9, 2014, pontyrogof from Tallahassee, FL wrote:

In my expertise, this plant might be far more invasive than true bamboo, even the runner form of bamboo. Nandina pops up wherever like fires in a baby’s nightmare and it establishes itself with arduous woody roots and stems, and you may’t even eat it! I do not know the place the unique homeowners of my home launched it, however now it has appeared alongside the constructing’s basis, proper in the midst of walkways, and even between the boxwoods in a hedge. As is talked about elsewhere, it’s unfold far and huge by birds consuming the fruit and pooping the seeds. I acquired a weed wrench to tug all of it out, an costly device, however value having the ability to get all of the roots with the trunks.


On Oct 15, 2013, Kelliq81 from Jonesboro, AR (Zone 7b) wrote:

We’re in Jonesboro AR – zone 7B – have them alongside the fence line to dam neighbors stuff – LOVE them. Suppose we’re shifting and we will dig each different one out to take to new home – that is how a lot we like them. The foliage and the berries are a winner!


On Jul 4, 2013, manza from Lengthy Seashore, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

In Southern California, this plant thrives on neglect. It was already planted in our yard once we purchased the home over 30 years in the past. The plant remains to be about the identical measurement, though I hacked it in half twice in 30 years. It’s rising in clay-ish soil right here. I often do not even water it and we do not get a lot rain. May rain or soil sort be the issue between those that like it and people who hate it???


On Jun 7, 2013, originalfatboy from Cabot, AR wrote:

No issues right here.
I’d welcome extra aggressiveness, as they’re planted as a display screen between me and Sanford & Son subsequent door.
Arkansas birds apparently do not take care of the berries, which I choose off all I can discover anyway, to direct the power into foliage.


On Apr 15, 2013, willvan from Brunswick, ME wrote:

Simply getting back from a current go to to Bethesda, Maryland (Washington, DC space) I noticed loads of this used as panorama plantings, and even collected just a few berries.

I am positive I noticed a number of varieties and specimens in lots of areas, some wanting like that they had escaped there. This one jogs my memory of the issues we have now right here in Maine with burning-bush (Euonymus) and Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii)

Just like the worst invasives I’ve at dwelling, the danger right here is multiplied many instances when the plant spreads by fruit with seeds eaten by birds. We will at all times say we will management it, both by digging or chemical substances, however we can not management the birds!

Follow a local alternatives–there are so many decisions within the rising vary of this man.


On Dec 24, 2012, leafnobudbehind from Chapel Hill, NC wrote:

A landscapers dream however a conservationists nightmare, N. domestica wants subsequent to no human assist to thrive and multiply. This behavior of speedy progress and propagation, nevertheless, causes this plant to be a really aggressive invasive. The woody roots and runners are close to unattainable to tug out so ensure you actually need this for a very long time earlier than you plant it. The weird texture of the stems and leaves give away the unique origin of the plant, and except very diligently pruned and managed this plant seems very cheesy and, as one consumer mentioned, “ho-hum”, due to it is amorphous tree-like progress behavior. In a typical day, I am going to see it planted in a minimum of Three separate situations – the calling card of lazy landscapers who desire a fast and straightforward shrub to plant that can survive nearly something. Some cultivars c… learn extra

Last ideas: this plant had it is advantages, however now it’s overplanted and simply seems low cost and cheesy in in any other case lovely landscapes. Do our native vegetation a favor and use natives as an alternative of Nandina domestica!


On Apr 16, 2012, thymekiller from Aransas Cross, TX wrote:

My expertise with Nandina started close to Corpus Christi, TX, the place it was a very fashionable plant. I used to be stunned at first to search out them rising fortunately as nicely right here in Springfield, MO (zone 6b). They’re planted alongside the muse in spots on the assisted residing group the place work, and each the workers and resident take pleasure in them for his or her year-round magnificence. Sure, they’re invasive if you happen to allow them to be, however as a part of my job is panorama upkeep there, I’ve the chance to maintain them underneath management, in addition to share them with my co-workers. They develop equally nicely in solar and shade – they’re planted on each the north and south sides of the constructing. Often they DO require pruning, and I simply minimize out the tallest canes till I’ve the peak I am searching for. I simply planted a woody … learn extra


On Mar 5, 2012, JMSWilson from East Tennessee 6b/7a, TN wrote:

No spreading by root or seed (just one plant seeded in 25 years!) within the fields, forests, and mountains of East Tennessee. I went out simply now and checked the attractive pink berries on my vegetation. Many of the seed does not look viable. Should be the climate right here in zone 6b/7a.
Nandina seems good each in formal settings with boxwoods, and in casual settings with tall winter grasses and yucca. I take advantage of the evergreen Berkmans arborvitae (very slowly rising to 10ft. in 20 years) and Nandina (to 6ft.) to “tie collectively” the formal and casual areas round my home. Trim a Nandina stem by 1/Three and one other by 2/3rds to make a fuller bush-especially good behind a yucca (nearly overhanging it slightly). Do not trim the Nandina behind the Berkmans arborvitae or subsequent to the boxwoods, nevertheless…the le… learn extra


On Feb 9, 2012, mmosley from Pine Bluff, AR wrote:

Grows nicely right here in southeast Arkansas. Stunning pink leaf coloring throughout fall & winter that transforms to a contemporary inexperienced colour throughout summer season with occasional flowers. Is not actually invasive right here. It stays in its personal space & has for over 10 years & counting. Simply you should definitely give it an area of round 5’x5′ if planning to place it within the floor. Handles wind, drought, unusually chilly climate, heavy rain–& it makes a pleasant privateness display screen as much as round 6 toes tall–probably taller if i might cease pruning it every now and then.


On Jan 24, 2012, phoenixfarmer from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

I wish to plant this within the space of my chickens. I perceive that this plant has toxic components (berries?) Birds eat the berries, proper? Any anticipated downside with the chickens?


On Dec 26, 2011, warnock31510 from gibson, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I’ve had loads of expertise with this plant from early childhood, into industrial panorama upkeep & now as lazy, retired gardener. It at all times grew on older homesites in GA, remains to be utilized by landscapers & is usually featured in gardening magazines. Why? Its evergreen, has 2 seasons of colour, is illness & insect resistant, is drought tolerant and survives most neglect. What extra may you ask of a plant? Correct pruneing is a good assist. Every year in late winter prune 1/Three of the trunks again to six”, 1/Three to the peak you need the plant to be and the opposite 1/Three about half approach between the 2 earlier cuts. This offers you a plant with full leaf from prime to backside. Left unpruned it begins to resemble a small tree with naked trunks on the botton defeating its nice screening potential. In … learn extra


On Oct 4, 2011, virginiarose from Portsmouth, VA (Zone 8a) wrote:

That is probably the most lovely shrub I personal they usually first got here to my consideration at a home we rented about 10 years in the past. Two have been on the entrance close to gutter drain and there have been seedlings and I simply pulled them up. Right here at my very own home I’ve not had that downside as a result of I’ve mulch round them and I do know nothing in regards to the roots being an issue as a result of I’ve dug up just a few and I didn’t suppose something of it, simply one other bush. In case you reside south of Virginia you would possibly wish to rethink, however as for me I really like this shrub and not too long ago planted two extra. Nice winter colour and neo orange berries.


On Aug 23, 2011, BryanGatesRealtor from Jacksonville,FL,
United States wrote:

I’ve seen this plant do all the things that was talked about. After I first moved into my dwelling it was rising uncontrollably and had runners and new progress capturing up on the alternative facet of my home from the place the unique vegetation have been. It was very troublesome to take away and get underneath management. I did take two specimens and plant them subsequent to the gate resulting in my yard however I left them develop tall. The earlier proprietor had tried to maintain them as a hedge. The expansion slowed down and once they approached 5 toes they nearly fully stopped spreading. (I transplanted them about 9 years in the past and they’re nearly 7 toes tall now. The utmost peak is about Eight toes from what I’ve seen.) Plainly chopping them quick makes them unfold, whereas letting them grom tall and sometimes chopping off a… learn extra


On Apr 14, 2011, Tresgen from Seagraves, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I’ve an image or two of my mom standing in entrance of their home, which she had despatched to my father when he was stationed within the Pacific Theater throughout WWII. Behind her are some Nandinas. It is all these years later, I’ve inherited the home, and the Nandinas are nonetheless offering pretty foliage and exquisite berries. They’re particularly pretty within the uncommon snow we get right here in Texas. I’ve by no means discovered them to be invasive; however can vouch for his or her extraordinary hardiness. I consider them as my “heirloom Nandinas”. 🙂


On Mar 19, 2011, pasogardener from Paso Robles, CA wrote:

I too am stunned in any respect the negatives. That is my absolute all time favourite plant. I’ve utilized in three totally different properties with nice outcomes. The variations of colour over every season are fantastic. Pink berries in winter/spring. Flowers in spring/summer season. Good fall colour. I typically reduce as soon as plant reaches desired peak, however I prune by eradicating total stalks. In that approach, my vegetation stay full from backside to prime. I do not suppose they resemble common bamboo in any respect, which could be very invasive and messy. I’ve by no means discovered Nandina to be invasive, however perhaps our central California coast is totally different. For me, they require minimal care and supply implausible outcomes.


On Nov 21, 2010, merman1122 from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Nearly unattainable to do away with. Right here within the Arizona low desert it proliferates even in full shade. Grows with out watering it for months. Roots burrow into and underneath foundations inflicting harm. Solely optimistic is it does flip a pleasant shade of pink within the fall. I even have common bamboo rising and that is nothing like bamboo which is simple to do away with by not watering. Do not be fooled by the title. Select one thing else.


On Oct 11, 2010, kkoehler from Charlotte, NC wrote:

Now we have 4 of those flanking the entrance porch of our rental dwelling. Looks as if each 4 weeks I am having to trim it regardless of the itching and rash I get from doing so. I’ve concluded I’m allergic to this plant. In case you have delicate pores and skin, it could be advisable to not have this plant in your yard. I agree with lots of the negatives right here about Heavenly Bamboo from my experiences since shifting into this dwelling. These things grows tall like most bamboo. If I do not trim ours each so many weeks, it will get 6 toes tall.


On Sep 15, 2010, tvksi from Paris, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

Pleased in Paris with Nandina. I believe there are 5 tall ones on the south, size of home with taylored stable evergreen floor cowl. They’re tall, naked multi-trunked spreading out on the prime and look fairly atractive. We/I trim them up each few years and hardly water them. They’re so independant I neglect they’re there for months at a time. None of my neighbors have any they usually have been right here because the home was constructed about 35 years in the past.

They sucker rather a lot and I think about all of them have heck-of-a root system, I will be leaving them there and simply take pleasure in them. Since i’m now conscious of their agressivness, Iwill attempt to bear in mind to take away blossoms earlier than they go to seed.


On Aug 1, 2010, NurseExternER from Tallahassee, FL wrote:

This plant is depressing! It’s a extremely invasive plant. I’ve determined to dig mine up as a result of in a 2-year interval the plant has doubled in measurement from once we moved in. With the intention to do away with the bush is is critical to dig up each little bit of the foundation system. And depart no hint of the roots, plant, leaves or berries behind. They’ll develop! First I chopped down the shrub with hedge clippers and a machete. Then I dug an 18 inch trench across the outer a part of the plant till I used to be now not digging roots up. Then I needed to break up the middle portion with a choose axe into manageable chunks. The basis system was like a ball of arduous, dry wooden. It might have been finest if I may have discovered a backhoe! I’ve been engaged on this undertaking on my own for a couple of month. I nonetheless have a couple of quart… learn extra


On Could 1, 2010, Jackie5_0 from Summerville, SC wrote:

PURE EVIL!!!!! Tremendous invasive!!!
The earlier homeowners of my home planted this alongside the fence towards one facet of my yard, then they deserted the home for five years. By the point I purchased the home it had unfold ALL OVER. It had made its method to the opposite facet of the yard, and into my neighbors yards. It truly began shifting my warmth pump and broke up a brick and mortar backyard (all of this was on the far facet reverse the place it was initially planted)
It’s a nightmare to do away with!! I’ve most likely spent extra the 50 hours pulling all of it out. The thick, deep root nests have been worse then what I had seen with bamboo. An axe would bounce ceremony off them barley doing any harm.
I nonetheless have bits of it popping up, and even worse a few of it should have gotten unfastened whereas … learn extra


On Apr 25, 2010, celts from Tuscola, IL wrote:

Actually, probably the most lovely shrubs for fall–took my breath away when I discovered it in a backyard heart in southern Kentucky and lugged Three giant specimen dwelling. I stored 2 for central Illinois and gave my sister and pal one for central Indiana—theirs is simply now beginning to throw out sprouts from outdated wooden, and considered one of mine is as nicely. I’ll hold my eyes on the opposite and pray for progress.


On Apr 19, 2010, jktx from Austin, TX wrote:

INVASIVE unique. Sadly, this has been a very fashionable plant within the nurseries in central Texas as a result of this plant grows nicely right here and is evergreen. The issue is that it grows too nicely and, apart from being over-used, is extraordinarily invasive. PLEASE DO NOT use this plant. IT IS SPREADING all through the woods in our space. Please select a noninvasive unique or–better yet–a native plant as an alternative.


On Feb 7, 2010, gailhurn from Marble Falls, TX wrote:

Will Heavenly Bamboo, Nandina develop in full solar in Central Texas?


On Jun 11, 2009, lehua_mc from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

Wow, for all our Oregonian concern about invasive vegetation, the Nandina will not be a scorching matter at backyard events. It is extra of a should have for our darkish shady underneath cover areas. Whereas there are some very giant mature vegetation in some gardens (yards), they perform as a shrub ought to, with a median whack again when the temper strikes. For its evergreen, open, lacy and altering nature, I nonetheless suppose there are areas the place it may be loved!


On Mar 28, 2009, grovespirit from Sundown Valley, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Invasive! Not solely does it unfold by roots, but in addition by seeds. Takes over native ecosystems. It crowds out native plant preserves, as a result of birds unfold it by consuming the berries.

It is also shortly changing into considered one of a number of overused, boring panorama vegetation that makes your panorama look low cost and ho-hum, as a result of so many individuals are planting it.


On Nov 17, 2008, Malevettech from Columbus, OH wrote:

I’ve finished alot of analysis on this plant. I learn about its invasive habits. I’ve had it for Four years in my backyard. It isn’t evergreen on this zone (5B), and will die again to the bottom. Mine is about 4 toes tall now and staying in a pleasant tight clump. It’s a very good plant for late fall colour. It could hold its leaves untill january relying on the climate. I’ve solely had it die again all the best way as soon as. I used to be not capable of finding a supply in my space, however on a trip to WV I discovered it a at dwelling depot. I’ve been very pleased with it and woud like extra, however is not going to be in WV once more for a very long time.


On Nov 7, 2007, RichNV from Henderson, NV wrote:

This plant grows very welll right here within the scorching desert within the shade / morning solar. I’ve even seen it in full solar situations, however does it not look pretty much as good. I’ve them planted on the north facet of some palm bushes, so it will get shade and in addition helps to partially cover the palm trunks. Nice winter colour and requires little water. In NO WAY is it invasive within the desert soil.


On Oct 6, 2007, Mombird from Dana Level, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

I’m so stunned on the variety of negatives on this plant. It nearly feels like we’re speaking about 2 totally totally different vegetation. Right here in So. Ca, I’ve grown this plant in Three totally different properties for practically 30 years and I like it! Particularly a few of the newer cultivars like gulf stream and Sienna dawn, that are full and luxurious all the best way to the bottom, with lovely shades of orange and pink. I’ve by no means SEEN a runner, nor
a plant over Four half toes tall. Maybe it is our lack of maximum humidity and warmth, I do not know.


On Aug 10, 2007, Opoetree from Oak View, CA wrote:

Now we have had this plant rising in our entrance yard for twenty years. It has withstood drought and arduous frost situations. The foliage is amazingly pretty and the plant requires little care…I nearly really feel that it has been uncared for — however, you would not inform from the best way it grows on dependably yr after yr.


On Jul 30, 2007, renatelynne from Boerne new zone 30, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Onerous to do away with upon getting it. Grows like a weed. Utterly invasive in Texas


On Jul 7, 2007, victorgardener from Decrease Hudson Valley, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Discover all of the feedback on aggressiveness come from the hotter areas. Under no circumstances aggressive right here and makes an exquisite Four season shrub. The ugly legs are the one downer, however as Deb mentioned, it may be addressed with correct pruning to totally different heights. Love this plant.


On Jun 2, 2007, chantilly from Hamilton, TX wrote:

Though I’ve to agree that this plant can and in some methods does look fairly fairly (at instances), it is a main thorn in my facet proper now. We simply purchased our home in January, and nandina is the shrub of alternative within the flower beds on either side. Hassle is, it is so big and overgrown in each areas that I do not know what to do with it. I would prefer to plant different issues in a minimum of a few of these flower beds, however up to now I’ve had no luck eliminating what I’ve acquired. I learn all of the strategies for eliminating the runners and such, however does anybody have any enter on eliminating the mature vegetation? The basis system is akin to a small tree, and I merely do not know how one can get sufficient of it as much as kill the darned issues.


On Dec 27, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Heavenly Bamboo, Nandina Nandina domestica is naturalized in Texas and different States and is taken into account an invasive plant in Texas.


On Nov 23, 2006, DebinSC from Georgetown, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

I’ve at all times had these in my yard. Sure, they have an inclination to multiply, however might be managed with out alot of effort, a minimum of that has been my expertise. If they’re too tall or leggy, you may arduous prune in very early spring (Jan. is sweet). Appears to work finest in 1/3s, i.e. a third of the shoots tallest, a third medium, a third quick.


On Jul 13, 2006, greenbud from Houston, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I really like the foliage. It nearly has a Japanese backyard look to it. Any further I’ll minimize off the berries, which I have not been very impressed with the looks of anyway. The foliage affords yr spherical curiosity – lovely colours. Low upkeep, takes pruning very nicely, root suckers pull up simply (more often than not). I’ve a number of as basis vegetation combined with daylilies, dwarf crepe myrtle, azaleas, dianthus, petunias, white-veined dutchman’s pipevine, Ligustrum (one trimmed up as a topiary and one limbed up as a small tree) caladiums, dwarf burford holly, a cleyera shrub and a gardenia shrub. I like it.


On Could 24, 2006, CarolesJungle from Naples, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

This plant at all times seems lovely in my yard. It may be trimmed to suit some bizarre little spot the place you can not discover simply the proper plant to develop. It sends out just a few runners however straightforward to chop off if you don’t want the the brand new vegetation.


On Apr 23, 2006, Kvickr from Fruita, CO (Zone 6b) wrote:

I develop it in a pot in Colorado and it has finished very nicely. I deliver it into the home in October for the winter.


On Mar 30, 2006, gooley from Hawthorne, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

It seems like a bamboo, kind of. It is not. It is fairly. It is planted nearly in every single place I’ve been right here in Florida. The Gainesville Regional Airport, 15 miles from me, has (final I checked…I hope they’ve gotten rid of it) it as a significant function of its landscaping. I’ve seen it in huge ornamental pots in Stuart, which has an almost frost-free local weather and a large number of different invasive vegetation already (Australian-pine, melaleuca, Brazilian pepper…). It is grow to be a CLICHE’ plant, and the birds defecate out its seeds the place they like (the pink berries appear to be common hen meals), so it is grow to be an invasive pest as nicely. Heck, you are higher off planting a REAL bamboo: not all varieties unfold invasively by roots (whereas this plant can), and actual bamboos very hardly ever set seed (and often die aft… learn extra


On Jan 28, 2006, rebecca30 from Cary, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I’m contemplating buying Heavenly Bamboo (nandina comestica) from the native Residence Depot in my space. I wished to know what could also be good companion vegetation with it? Azaleas? Junipers? Any strategies? Thanks.
Rebecca- Fuquay-Varina


On Jan 13, 2006, Pashta from Moncks Nook, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:

I’ve not skilled the huge spreading habits of this plant, however I do understand it grows in a short time within the solar, and turns into unkempt in a short time. Im positive when its nicely trimmed it might look good, however largely I simply suppose its unwieldy and ugy. Im going to prune the snot out of mine this spring and see what occurs. There are a number of round the home, all of that are small catastrophe areas. I dont wish to kill it, becase I hate killing any vegetation generally, however I actually dont prefer it, and its taking on prime actual property within the yard. Hopefully pruning it arduous will let it develop out slightly higher, or a minimum of attain a greater form.


On Nov 29, 2005, escambiaguy from Atmore, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant is weedy and simply plain UGLY !


On Nov 22, 2005, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Sure, it’s lovely, however please do not plant it in central or southern Florida. It tries to take over the world. I ought to have added that you just needn’t plant the seeds. The birds will care for that for you. Additionally, they sucker from the roots and unfold in all places.


On Sep 19, 2005, snagglebuddy from Riverview, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I really like this plant as a result of the foliage adjustments colour, one thing that hardly ever occurs right here. I’ve not tried beginning by seed. They’re lovely and don’t overpopulate right here.


On Aug 20, 2005, GFT from Biloxi, MS wrote:

One of many older decorative shrubs, Nandina is continuously seen within the deep south. The elegant, delicately shaped stems and foliage belie the plant’s hardiness; past an inexpensive quantity of sunshine and water and the occasional pruning for form it requires little or no care in any respect. It is best to, nevertheless, consider this as everlasting planting. Though it may be eradicated, you will see that that it takes a concerted effort over the course of a number of years.

There was appreciable remark in regards to the invasive nature of the plant. My mom had nadina in her yard from the 1950s till her demise within the 1980s; I’ve had it in my very own yard for nicely over ten years. Circumstances differ, in fact, however I’ve by no means discovered it within the least invasive. It could possibly, nevertheless, develop to be a really giant… learn extra


On Could 3, 2005, CaptMicha from Brookeville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Nandina might be very lovely with their rainbow shades of foliage, scarlet berries and lacy leaves. I’ve not had the expertise of it being invasive, but. They have been planted by the builders of home once we moved in three years in the past. I have not observed any seedlings, volunteers or suckers. I additionally hadn’t observed any birds or animals consuming the berries.

These appear to be very fashionable in landscaping however are finest planted the place they are often simply controlled–NOT left alone within the woods to wreak havoc if they’re invasive vegetation. Aliens usually substitute native vegetation that simply cannot compete.


On Mar 10, 2005, jestelleoan from Tyler, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I reside in The Piny Woods of East Texas and I’ve had this plant for 20 Years. It doesn’t ship out roots however the birds like it so it’s unfold out into my woods. However I’d not name it invasive. It pulls up very simply and you may replant it if you would like extra. It’s lovely in solar and shade, it’s evergreen and the berrys are fantastic at Christmas. Please plant it the place it might develop to its full peak and you’ll be very pleased with it. They develop finest within the woods the place they’re left alone. Joan


On Mar 8, 2005, doss from Stanford, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Whereas treehugger has an necessary level – if that is threatening pure habitat in your space, it should not be planted – I’ve had a batch of it that has been in my backyard since I moved right here 30 years in the past that has by no means despatched runners and I’ve by no means discovered a single seedling. It stays put right here. If it will get too giant it may be trimmed simply and grows again with out wanting “scalped”. Thinning additionally it is straightforward and if you would like a display screen, leaving it thick works too. I’ve it in full solar and full shade. Whereas much less vigorous in full shade, it’s a good display screen plant there additionally. I’ve planted Iris, daffodils, clematis, Dahlias, Azaleas and annuals together with it with no downside. Curious that individuals have so many various experiences.


On Dec 24, 2004, susan_simpson from Vincennes, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

I purchased a number of of those “clearance-type” a yr in the past. Thought they have been dying, seemed actually unhealthy the primary yr, however this yr they’re lovely, inexperienced in addition to pink leaves, the form of the plant is rounded and “full”. To date I’m very pleased with them and hope they survive the 10″ snow we simply had that has fully coated them (exterior my backporch door). That snow is basically unfamiliar within the space, I would add…..the Wabash River in southern Indiana.


On Dec 23, 2004, TREEHUGR from Now in Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Class I invasive. FLEPPC dot ORG Listed as an issue for all southeastern states and Texas. invasive DOT org
It absolutely is gorgeous, though–too unhealthy.

1/12/05 replace. In accordance the the info sheet on this, the berries are dispersed by birds and different critters. What does this matter, you ask? The plant might not develop aggressively in your yard or maybe you’ve gotten a method to management it by chopping the underground runners. Nonetheless, there is no such thing as a one to chop the underground runners within the wild 5 miles away the place a hen dropped seed that germinated many months later. In different phrases, the vegetation are doing harm and the harm will not be occurring in your yard. Please take the warnings significantly, and attempt to come to phrases with the truth that it is best to say goodbye to those.

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Please resist the temptation, there’s solely a couple of hundred million different vegetation you should utilize.


On Aug 14, 2004, pokerboy from Canberra,
Australia (Zone 8b) wrote:

An important foliage plant. It is foliage goes redder in winter. It is a very drought tolerant plant. Very engaging. Thrives in Full solar. I reduce the canes greater than Three years outdated on my Eight vegetation after which the reshoot, stronger, more healthy wanting vegetation. It is a very powerful plant. pokerboy.


On Apr 29, 2004, DonMobile from Cellular, AL wrote:

It isn’t agressive in Cellular, AL. I’ve bother maintaining it rising in some locations, particularly low gentle. It appears to do nicely even when it will get dry so long as it will get loads of solar. It will get scorching right here & could be very humid. It makes a great low rising hedge as a result of it doesn’t develop tall on this space. I trim it about each 2 years and it grows again fuller however I do not need any downside with it rising tall. The factor doesn’t excite me that a lot however I acquired a bunch with the home and it seems simply tremendous.


On Mar 13, 2004, hotlanta from Lilburn, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I like nandina very a lot. The berries within the fall and winter (and nicely into spring), and the leaves, add a lot wanted curiosity to the tasteless gardens. They do self-propagate very simply, however with diligence, one can hold nandina underneath management. I transplant it to areas that want “one thing” and it fills in completely. Nandina could be very drought tolerant. In actual fact, I by no means take into consideration having to supply water to them through the standard scorching and dry Atlanta summers.


On Oct 31, 2003, Drphil wrote:

I’ve had the plant for 2 years now (purchased as a 1 foot twig!)and planted it by our pond in Luton, UK. It has grown to peak of 6 toes has flowered, and associates nicely with different taller vegetation together with the pond (e.g. Pheasant Berry). A cracking plant that seems to be absolutely hardy in our backyard.


On Jul 31, 2003, suncatcheracres from Previous City, FL wrote:

Each dwelling I’ve ever lived in within the Coastal South has had some sort of nandina within the yard, and I’ve by no means, ever, observed that it was invasive. It could be that our vegetation have been largely within the shade, or at the back of borders, the place they have been by no means a lot fertilized, or that they by no means had any water apart from rainwater. Or that the soil was fairly sandy. However regardless of the situations, yr in and yr out, this was at all times a lovely, ethereal wanting, evergreen shrub with lovely fall and early winter pink berries my mom minimize for Christmas decorations.

Those from my childhood grew fairly tall and made engaging screens from too shut neighbors in New Orleans, however by the years I’ve observed many new, smaller, “dwarf” varieties with extra intense colours. And I alway… learn extra

So maybe it nonetheless has a spot in a troublesome state of affairs, say a small strip between a concrete driveway and a fence, or in a considerably shady location, the place it’s troublesome to develop most vegetation, and it might present a inexperienced, softening efffect. Or within the very again of borders, underneath shade bushes, with out loads of fertilizer or water. I simply can’t think about a Coastal South panorama and not using a place, someplace, for this lovely plant.


On Jul 30, 2003, knightspassion from Raleigh, NC wrote:

Heavenly bamboo will not be aggressive in my North Carolina Piedmont backyard. My nandina is in fairly heavy shade in a woodland backyard space and appears very good with my different evergreen shrubs and bushes e.g. euonymous and maples. It thrives even underneath drought situations underneath maples that suck up all of the water. I’d not use this plant in a mattress or within the solar because it may create an issue underneath good rising situations. It seeds itself considerably readily, and birds unfold seed as nicely, however not something that may’t be stored up with within the shade if you don’t need new vegetation. In our space, we use the foliage and pink berries to brighten with at Christmas. The plant is simple to maintain wanting good by pruning the tallest cane(s) yearly.


On Jul 30, 2003, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This selection spreads by underground runners and seeds. There’s a selection that’s noninvasive, however I have no idea the variability’s title at the moment. I needed I had identified this reality earlier than planting this selection.

I closely mulch across the vegetation and pull any new sprouts from seeds earlier than they’ve time to root deeply. Any undesirable sprouts from runners should be pulled up arduous sufficient to find the purpose at which the runner has originated on the base of the “mom” plant. Then, it may be chopped off (I take advantage of an extended nostril shovel or a heavy obligation pruning shear). Yearly, I minimize off the berry clumps earlier than they mature and fall to discourage seed sprouting. Stray seed sprouts might be killed with Roundup. Stray runner sprouts might be killed with Roundup if the runner has been sev… learn extra

The berries might be mildy poisonous to cats and different grazing animals.


On Apr 21, 2003, Bug_Girl from San Francisco, CA wrote:

I didn’t discover it to be invasive, however that was as a result of it died straight away. After I purchased it at our outdated home, in San Francisco, I didn’t understand it was invasive or I’d not have finished it. The berries are very lovely.


On Jan 25, 2003, jkom51 from Oakland, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Make sure you actually, actually like this plant and wish to hold it perpetually. This can be very troublesome to do away with, as even the smallest piece of root will resprout.


On Jul 30, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma Metropolis, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant has attractive pink berries in autumn and all by winter, which provides a lot of colour in an in any other case drab atmosphere. It can be used as a hedge as soon as the vegetation attain a reasonably first rate measurement.


On Aug 31, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

A relative of the Barberries, the frequent title of Nandina domestica is in reference to its delicate, bamboo-like foliage. It begins out maroon, turning inexperienced because it matures. Inconspicuous flowers in early summer season flip to pink berries that stay on the plant by the autumn and winter months.

In the proper setting, it is a pretty shrub. In a combined border, or within the mistaken setting, it is invasive and aggressive, spreading by underground runners and getting too tall too shortly. We have eliminated a number of LARGE shrubs that have been planted in entrance of home windows, and successfully blocked all gentle coming into the room; two years later, we’re nonetheless discovering new sprouts that hold popping up.

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