Heavenly Bamboo/ Nandina (Nandina domestica)
This popular evergreen shrub was originally introduced to the U. S. from Asia in
1804 as an ornamental plant and is still widely available in the nursery trade.
Unfortunately, its colorful berries are one the means of its escape from gardens,
and it has now naturalized and invaded forest habitat in all southern states from
Virginia across to Texas.
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Tags: Out-competes native shrubs and understory, herbaceous plants in woodlands, Decreases diversity and affects wildlife, Colonizes by root sprouts and rhizomes and spreads by animal-dispersed seeds, Can reproduce from root fragments, Berries toxic to cats, Mid-sized ornamental shrub with attractive foliage and berries, American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana), Fothergilla (Fothergilla major OR F. gardenii), Inkberry (Ilex glabra), Strawberry Bush (Euonymus americanus), Sweet Shrub (Calycanthus floridus), Sweet Pepperbush (Clethra alnifolia), Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica), Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticillata), Yellowroot (Xanthoriza simplicissima)