Is this a Rowan tree? (ID complete)

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Date Photo Taken: January 23, 2011
Location: Stone Mountain, GA
Posted By: lisaking


I have several of these shrubs/trees in my wooded back yard area. The foliage turns very orange in the autumn, they have a very woody base with smooth bark, they have red berries in the autumn/winter that the birds eat. They get larger every year, and seem to be woody trunks at the bottom, with green tender foliage at the top as it grows. The largest are about 4 feet high, small ones are knee high. It looks like a Rowan tree, or Mountain Ash, but I’ve heard those don’t grow in Georgia. Any idea if this is a Rowan or what it might be if not?


  1. lisaking Registered says:

    Someone I sent photos to outside of this site mentioned that this might be “Heavenly Bamboo” or “Sacred Bamboo” known as Nandina Domestica, an invasive shrub from Japan. Anyone familiar? I was so hoping I had Rowan trees!

    January 23rd, 2011 at 4:09 pm
  2. Bobby Unregistered says:

    Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding yes: Nandina or Heavenly Bamboo it is! Pretty common around these parts. I’ve never really considered it invasive.
    Walter addresses several nandina issues on this site. Just use his search box for more info.

    January 25th, 2011 at 3:44 pm
  3. Michele Unregistered says:

    It looks like Nandina domestica to me, sorry.

    January 26th, 2011 at 4:59 pm

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