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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.
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
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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