Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
Mark A. Miller
NANDINA domestica 'Royal Princess'
A medium-sized tender evergreen shrub often planted near temples in its native China and Japan, heavenly bamboo is prized by gardeners worldwide for its colorful airy leaves and attractive flowers and fruit. The cultivar 'Royal Princess' is noted for its slender lacy leaves and dazzling fall and winter color. The compound leaves are purple-red when young and brilliant red in fall and winter, often with orange highlights. The foliage and stiff narrow upright habit suggest those of bamboo, particularly when pruned in the Asian fashion with the lower leaves thinned to expose the stems. Large frothy clusters of white flowers appear at the branch tips in late spring and summer. The abundant red fruits ripen relatively early.
Heavenly bamboo prefers full sun in most warm-temperate and subtropical climates but needs afternoon shade in desert regions. Although tolerant of drought, it grows best in fertile evenly moist soil. This large variety is valued for hedging and foundation planting. It's also perfect as a single specimen or high color focal point in Asian-inspired compositions. The berries and foliage are popular for holiday décor and flower arrangements.
Nandina domestica is sometimes an invasive plant where hardy; for more information see http://www.invasive.org/eastern/srs/SB_N.html.
12 - 4
6 - 9
H1, H2, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade
6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m
2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m
Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
White, Light Pink, Ivory
Red, Orange Red
Green, Purple, Blue Green, Burgundy, Bronze
Green, Blue Green
Red, Green, Purple, Blue Green, Burgundy, Orange Red
Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier, Tropical
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