What are Nandinas plants? Are they bad?

People are talking about Nandias, how they are invasive & the berries are killing cedar waxwing birds. I live in SC,where our family has had nandias for 100's of years. Never heard of this. How about you? Thx,hp from South Carolina

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  • Kaye Kaye on Mar 13, 2017
    I live inVA and have plenty of these. In fact nandina is my favorite because of it's year round life. I have never heard of it being harmful. Ithink birds and other outdoor creatures know what's good and not good to eat. joy

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 13, 2017
    I live in Long Island New york and have two never had a single problem.

    • Happy Powell Happy Powell on Mar 13, 2017
      Thx, i havent either, but some gardners are against them. Thx,for your comment,

  • Annie Annie on Mar 14, 2017
    Hi from Australia. I had the old style Nandina that was invasive. It grew to about 6 foot tall and was damn hard to get rid of. 5 years and still struggle with it. The modern nandina only grows to about 2 foot tall and you will have no problem.

  • Chr2522203 Chr2522203 on Mar 14, 2017
    If Wikipedia is correct . . . . .
    Nandina domestica (/nænˈdiːnə dəˈmɛstᵻkə/ nan-dee-nuh)[1][2][3] 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.
    Cedar waxwings are subject to cyanide toxicosis from eating the berries, resulting in death to multiple birds at one time.[4]
    Berries of the sacred bamboo
    All parts of the plant are poisonous, containing compounds that decompose[5][6] to produce hydrogen cyanide, and could potentially be fatal if ingested. The plant is placed in Toxicity Category 4, the category "generally considered non-toxic to humans,"[7] but the berries are considered toxic to cats and grazing animals.[8] Excessive consumption of the berries will kill birds such as Cedar Waxwings.[9] The berries also contain alkaloids such as nantenine, which is used in scientific research as an antidote to MDMA.[10][11]

  • Barbara C Barbara C on Mar 14, 2017
    I have had Nandina's for 50 yrs. in various yards. The birds where I live eat them all winter.Never had a problem.Never found a dead bird.

  • Terese Terese on Mar 14, 2017
    I have had Nandinas, they are beautiful- in the right place. They do grow by sending out shoots from the roots but nothing that is ridiculous to control if you don't mind a little work. I put them in an area where I welcome them filling in nicely by berry/seed and I have on many occasions dugout 2 inch seedlings The transplant very nicely and share well with friends and family

  • Debbie Debbie on Mar 15, 2017
    Love my Nandina, never had a problem with the plant or berries.

  • EL Hoard EL Hoard on Mar 15, 2017
    I planted one Nandina. Now they are popping up all over our three acres heavily wooded lot. Birds eat the. Eautuful bright red berries and spread them everywhere. Very invasive