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Nandina domestica 'Fire Power'

Heavenly bamboo

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Fruit, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


Nandina Domestica 'Firepower'

Plant details

Despite its common name and appearance, Nandina is not a bamboo, but a relative of Berberis. The species is a tall shrub, up to 1.8m high. It produces clusters of small white flowers that are followed by attractive bunches of red berries after a good summer. Although it is a hardy plant, grow it in a sheltered spot, as the growth can be damaged by hard frosts of cold winds. Nandina domestica ‘Fire Power’ has leaves that are slightly more yellow, and turn a bright reddish-orange, in autumn and winter.

Family: Berberidaceae

Genus: Nandina

Species: domestica

Cultivar: Fire Power

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Autumn colour, Fruit, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 50cm

Spread: 50cm

Reader reviews


I intend to try growing this from seed having seen it featured in Garden News. It is one of these jobs you can do at this time of the year as it needs the cold to break the dormancy and there may besome interesting variations in the foliage as a result of open plollination - who knows?

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