>Recent heavy snow (or a mountain beaver) has left my Nandina Domestica,
>Heavenly Bamboo, without any lower branches. The bushes look pretty
>silly now with just foliage at the top with bare stems below. Anybody
>know if pruning the tops of these will cause new lower growth so they
>will look bushy again all over, or do these bushes only put on new growth
>at the top?
Accepted pruning procedure for the Nandina is to remove about one
third of the oldest canes each year. Cut them off at the ground. New
canes will sprout at that point and fill in the bottom of the plant.
Shearing just the top will encourage new growth at that point but not
at the bottom.