What is this?! Taken in Virginia- they are everywhere

erinf83(6)March 15, 2013

I'm on vacation at massanutten near harrisonburg, VA, and am seeing this shrub everywhere. Can anyone tell me what it is?

My best guess is heavenly bamboo but am hoping there is a local and/or a shrub expert that can confirm!

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erinf83(6)

Here's a close up of the leaves. Mostly red and green with a few orange and yellow as well

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 5:21PM
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gardengal48

Yes, it's heavenly bamboo, Nandina domestica. There's a lot of different cultivars but not so many dwarf ones. This one looks a bit like 'Gulf Stream' or possibly 'Moon Bay'.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 5:35PM
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erinf83(6)

Thanks! I had thought firepower. The ones I'm seeing seem to be about 2 feet.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 5:51PM
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Sara Malone Zone 9b

Another dwarf is 'Monfar' marketed as Sienna Sunrise.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 11:50PM
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bogturtle(SE NJ 7a)

And another is 'Harbor Dwarf' and mine looks very much like the photo.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 5:17PM
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gardengal48

Two feet is on the taller end for 'Harbor Dwarf' (16-18" is typical) and on the shorter end for Sienna Sunrise (3-4'). 'Firepower' tends to have much broader individual leaves than do most other cultivars and not much of the lacy appearance that characterizes other nandinas. And very uniform winter coloring. In fact, it looks like a dumpy little red leaved shrub in winter and not much like a nandina at all :-)

But there are various other dwarf forms as well. A dwarf cultivar may be more appropriate to the east coast and southern states where nandina is considered an invasive species as these tend not to set fruit nearly as frequently as do taller growing cultivars.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 3:01PM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

i would say FirePower is most likely. New growth in Spring and summer is chartreuse green. Plants lose all the red in summer.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 10:42AM
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