Nandina domestica ‘Obsessed’

Heavenly Bamboo


A low maintenance evergreen shrub with stunning foliage, Nandina domestica is renowned for its continual shift of colours from season to season. This wonderful cultivar, appropriately named ‘Obsessed’ is a very compact version, perfect for filling gaps in the border with year-round colour and interest.

This enchanting plant provides renewed interest during all four seasons: sunset red tones appear on the edges of leaves in spring, followed by lush clusters of tiny white flowers in summer as the foliage turns pale green and then, in a good season, green berries appear. Come autumn the leaves take on a vibrant red and burnt orange hue and the berries redden, remaining long into winter.


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Origin: China & Japan, cultivar of horticultural origin
Genus: Nandina
Species / Cultivar: domestica var. 'Obsessed'
Common Name: Heavenly Bamboo
Synonym: heavenly bamboo

Plant Biography

The name Nandina is a Latinised version of the original Japanese ‘nanten’, which translates to ‘southern sky’, likely referencing the sunset hues the leaves turn.

However, ‘nanten’ is a homophone also meaning “problems which turn for the better”. This references their several spiritual connotations and association with good fortune – traditionally being planted next to buildings to protect the household from harm, as well as cut and arranged with other plants at new year to create ‘kadomatsu’, also to bring good fortune to the home.

Nandina domestica 'Obsessed'
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun to Part Shade
Enjoys direct sun most of the day, but tolerant of fewer sunlit hours or light dappling.
Eventual Height: 0.5-1m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.5-1m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.


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