Red

©Dawne M. Dunton

Myrtle Beach, United States

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Nandina domestica – commonly known as nandina, heavenly bamboo or sacred bamboo, is a species of flowering plant in the family Berberidaceae, native to eastern Asia from the Himalayas to Japan. It is the only member of the monotypic genus Nandina.
Despite the common name, it is not a bamboo but an erect evergreen shrub up to 7 ft tall by 5 ft wide, with numerous, usually unbranched stems growing from ground level. The glossy leaves are sometimes deciduous in colder areas, 20–39 in long, bi- to tri-pinnately compound, with the individual leaflets 2–4 in long and 1.5–3 cm broad. The young leaves in spring are brightly colored pink to red before turning green; old leaves turn red or purple again before falling. The flowers are white, borne in early summer in conical clusters held well above the foliage. The fruit is a bright red berry 5–10 mm diameter, ripening in late autumn and often persisting through the winter.

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