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Nandina domestica 'Fire Power'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

old H3 (may need winter protection)

Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Green and Yellow in Summer
Orange and Red in Autumn

Fruit

Red in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

heavenly bamboo 'Fire Power'

Family

Berberidaceae


Nandina are erect, evergreen shrubs with pinnate to 3-pinnate leaves composed of lance-shaped leaflets which colour well in autumn, and panicles of small, star-shaped white flowers, followed by bright red fruits

'Fire Power' is a compact, upright evergreen shrub with compound leaves which are yellowish-green in summer, becoming orange and red in autumn and winter. Flowers small, white, in conical panicles in summer

Synonym(s)

  • Nandina 'Firepower'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in a moist but well-drained soil in a sheltered, sunny position

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Drought Resistant, Low Maintenance or Banks and Slopes


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 9

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

A virus may be a problem