Heavenly Bamboo Nandina domestica ThunbergNon-native  -  Invasive    
Kingdom Plantae   >   Division Tracheophyta   >   Class Magnoliopsida   >   Order Ranunculales   >   Family Berberidaceae   >   Genus Nandina   


Heavenly Bamboo is native to China and Japan and is widely planted as an ornamental. It occasionally escapes into the wild, though is not a major problem in Maryland.


The bright red berries of Heavenly Bamboo are toxic to birds.

There are 11 records in the project database.

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Heavenly Bamboo in fruit in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (12/10/2017). Photo by Tyler Bell. (MBP list)

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MBP marks as "Invasive" any taxon listed in the Maryland Invasive Species Council (MISC) list of Invasive Species of Concern in Maryland. You can read their criteria and review the lists here: https://mdinvasives.org/species-of-concern/.