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 'Fire Power'

Plant details

Despite its common name and appearance, heavenly bamboo, Nandina domestica, is not a bamboo, but a relative of Berberis. Nandina domestica 'Fire Power' is a compact shrub bearing clusters of small, star-shaped white flowers in summer, in contrast with bamboo-like leaves. In autumn the leaves turn shades of red and orange before falling, and the flowers develop into shiny red fruits. With its long season of interest and compact habit, Nandina domestica 'Fire Power' is perfect for a sunny spot in a small garden, and can also be grown in containers.

For best results grow in moist but well-drained sun in partial shade, in a shelterd spot away from strong winds. In colder regions it may need protecting from frost.

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?


An interesting shrub providing all year interest. I have it grown adjacent to a red brick wall which it seems to love. No pests destroying it, trouble free.Don't know if I ought to prune it as it has grown tall top growth,

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