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Despite its common name nandina is not a bamboo, but a relative of berberis. It forms a tall shrub, up to 1.8m (6ft) high, with bright green leaves that turn reddish-purple in autumn and winter. The brilliant leaf colour often remains all winter. Plants also produce 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.
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
Skill level: Experienced
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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