Compact Heavenly Bamboo. I don't know where the name 'Compacta' came from for this cultivar, because it does grow rather large. But its best attribute is that it is a heavy berrier, even when planted alone. Nandinas are mostly self infertile, so when a solitary clone is planted, there will be few berries produced even when it flowers heavily. One can get by with planting just a seedling form nearby and let the bees do the rest. Nandinas can be one of the most unique plants in the landscape with their many seasons of interest. The white flower panicles are quite showy in the spring, May here, followed by red berries in the fall and then after frost, the foliage turns a magnificent reddish-purple, if planted in sun. The species name "domestica" has to do with the Japanese custom of planting it by every home, and one is suppose to be able to go and unload their cares to their Nandina and then all will be well. This has to be one of the toughest plants around as far as culture. Sun or shade, but more sun gives a much deeper winter color. We have had no deer or rabbit problems with it either.