Nandina domestica Obsessed, also referred to as Heavenly Bamboo Obsessed (sometimes Obsessed Seika) is a relatively new dwarf variety of Nandina in many parts of the world. It has quickly become renowned for its bright red foliage. This compact evergreen shrub has feathery leaves that start out pinkish-red in the spring and turn a deep dark green as they mature. During the summer months, eye-catching bright white flowers appear in clusters that draw butterflies to the garden. The shrub’s summertime flowers give way to small greenish berries that mature to a waxy red during the fall months. The autumn foliage of the shrub is a brilliant crimson hue that is exceptionally beautiful and eye-catching.
Although the Nandina domestica Obsessed is called Heavenly Bamboo Obsessed, it is not related to the bamboo plant. The shrub’s closest relative is the Berberis plant. It grows wild in Eastern Asia from the Himalayas to Japan. However, it is commonly mistaken as a variety of bamboo because it does sport slim canes that resemble those of the bamboo. Its foliage is also slender and airy like that of the bamboo.
Heavenly Bamboo Obsessed can be grown as a focal specimen in the garden, as a front-row plant, or in pots around a patio. Its carefree existence makes it a highly coveted garden shrub. In the Far East, the plant is commonly placed near a front door because the shrub is believed to possess mythical qualities and have the ability to dispel bad dreams or nightmares. Residents of the house will walk outside and tell the shrub about their bad dreams so no harm can follow them into the waking world.
This small shrub grows well in full sunlight or partial shade. A planting location with full sunlight encourages the shrub to produce the brightest fall colouration. It prefers well-draining, moist soil conditions that are slightly acidic.
Heavenly Bamboo Obsessed grows up to 60 centimeters in height and 50 centimeters in width. It can spread via runners, but it is easily maintained with occasional pruning. During the spring and early summer, the shrub benefits from a light trimming to maintain its overall symmetrical shape.
Nandina domestica Obsessed is winter hardy to -18 Celsius. If a light frost is expected, the shrub benefits from a bit of protection. Low growing Heavenly Bamboo Obsessed brings fiery colours to any garden. Plant it as a border plant or a single specimen to truly enjoy its breathtaking hues.