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sacred bamboo

Nandina domestica Thunb.

USDA PLANTS Symbol: NADO
U.S. Nativity: Exotic
Habit: Shrub


Synonym(s): heavenly bamboo, nanten

Appearance
Nandina domestica invades forests throughout the Southeast United States. It is a small, erect shrub that grows up to 8 ft. (2.4 m) tall.
Foliage
Leaves are alternate, large, bi- or tri-pinnately compound with small, 1-2 in. (2.5-5.1 cm) long leaflets. The older stems have bark with long, linear furrows. The overlapping leaf sheaths give the main stem the appearance of bamboo, hence the name.
Flowers
Flowering occurs in the spring, when small, white flowers develop in large panicles at the ends of the stems. Flowers have 3-6 reflexed petals.
Fruit
Fruits are green berries that mature to a bright red and are very attractive to birds.
Ecological Threat
Nandina domestica is shade tolerant, which allows it to invade forest edges and interiors. It is native to eastern Asia and India and was first introduced to North America in the early 1800s. It has been planted widely as an ornamental and often escapes from old plantings.


Identification, Biology, Control and Management Resources

Images, Video and Information - University of Florida - Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants
Invasive Species Management Plans for Florida - University of Florida - Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants
Nonnative Invasive Plants of Southern Forests - USDA Forest Service
Invasive Species Management Plans for Florida - University of Florida
Weed of the Week - USDA Forest Service