Questions about Nandina domestica

Asked February 26, 2017, 2:17 PM EST

A local nursery recommended Nandina domestica for my home in Howard County. Two questions: 1. Is there a problem because it is non-native? I've been told this may be true in warmer climates. 2. Are the berries dangerous to wildlife? I've been told yes, but I've also heard that birds, especially Robins, love them. Thanks for you time!

Howard County Maryland

1 Response

Nandina domestica is invasive and we do not recommend planting it. See our invasive plant list.
Consider native plant alternatives based on mature height, width, and sun versus shade exposure.
You may want to look at the publication from Clemson on nandina. See the information regarding toxicity and birds.