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Common Name: Heavenly Bamboo      Latin Name: Nandina domestica      Size: 4 (min) to 6 (max)
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Nandina domestica
Origin: China
Maximum Height: 6 feet

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Category: Shrub
Family: Berberidaceae
Genus: Nandina
species: domestica
Origin: China
Size: 4 (min) to 6 (max)
Size Description:
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PlantPlaces.com Plant of the Week: December 2, 2012, 2012
Nandina domestica ‘Firepower’ – Firepower Heavenly Bamboo

Each December I am more and more impressed with Nandina ‘Firepower’. It is now, the first week of December that most of the deciduous plants have lost all of their leaves. Fall color is over. It is time to put up your Christmas decorations. The last few years I have been very impressed the way Nandina ‘Firepower’ looks at this time of year. This is when Nandina ‘Firepower’ really shines. From now through the winter season Nandina ‘Firepower’ will have bright brilliant red foliage.

Nandina domestica is marginally hardy in the Cincinnati region. The straight species will grow 6 feet tall and produce clusters of red berries in the fall through winter. The cultivar Firepower is a dwarf form only getting 2-3 feet tall and slightly wider. For the most part I would say it is going to stay closer to 2 feet for a long time. Firepower not only stays more compact but the foliage is much larger than other Nandina. The foliage is glossy when fall and winter color sets in. Fall color is a bright, shiny red that persists through the entire winter.

The shiny, fire-red color of the foliage is very distinctive to Nandina ‘Firepower’. Firepower’s compact size and bright-red color foliage throughout the winter will make this Nandina a great selection for any landscape. Nandina ‘Firepower’ can be used in front of low bay windows, near walkways, patios, perennial borders, and any other places a colorful plant is needed.

The hardiness for our region is still unknown however I would suspect it would be hardy to Zone 6. The past three winters have not affected any of the plants I have seen.

I am looking forward to hanging my white Christmas lights around the shiny, red foliaged plants this week and enjoying the beautiful colors of the season.

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Photo Credit: Patrick Kelsch

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Cultivar Firepower
Photo Credit: Steve Foltz

Location: Newport Kentucky Neighborhood Plants Newport KY
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 39.094658083333300 Longitude: -84.490303616666700] Specimen: 1816
Location: Village of Moscow, Ohio Water St Moscow OH
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 38.856648683333300 Longitude: -84.229648166666700] Specimen: 1904
Location: Birmingham (UK) Botanic Gardens Westbourne Road Birmingham B15 3TR
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 52.466610214638900 Longitude: -1.929916474780130] Specimen: 3518
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Nandina domestica flower
Location: Birmingham, UK
Photo Credit: Brandan Jones
Season: August 2013
Location: Brooklyn Botanic Garden 900 Washington Avenue Brooklyn NY 11225
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 40.668076350000000 Longitude: -73.962332690000000] Specimen: 6019
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Location: brooklyn bot garden

Location: Venice
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 45.441503000000000 Longitude: 12.328261730000000] Specimen: 6932
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winter
Location: Venice

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winter
Location: Venice

Location: Winnipeg
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 49.874355870000000 Longitude: -97.235001590000000] Specimen: 7489
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Location: Winnipeg

Location: Winnipeg
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: 49.874243920000000 Longitude: -97.234657980000000] Specimen: 7490
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Location: Winnipeg

Location: Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: -33.860075910000000 Longitude: 151.214157450000000] Specimen: 10006
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January 2017
Location: Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

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January 2017
Location: Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

Location: Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
GPS location of this plant [Latitude: -33.862588900000000 Longitude: 151.214091140000000] Specimen: 10050
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January 2017
Location: Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

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