Nandina Firepower

jeanerz13(6a)June 20, 2014

I bought a nandina firepower a few months ago. It still had some fall color on it. I see it in my garden now and I'm worried that I'm not seeing any new bright green growth. Maybe I'm imagining it, but I think there is less green than when I bought it. Maybe all the new growth is hidden under the old stuff. is there any reason it would get fall color in the summer? I'm just wondering if I need to do something or just not worry about it.

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Fall color in summer is often due drought stress (to lack of water).

    Bookmark   June 22, 2014 at 5:11PM
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Hmm I've been watering it basically every day that it hasn't rained...Although my landscaper did tell me that he's seen nandinas be pretty hit or miss around here... guess I'll just keep it around a year or two and if it still doesn't seem to be doing well I'll just replace it with something else.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 6:22PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Give them more time to get established. They are likely growing roots rather than new foliage. They are not the fastest shrubs to get started.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 6:26PM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

FirePower is pretty tough. Give it some time. Some of mine nearly defoliated this past winter from cold temps and wind. They were getting leggy too. I chopped them down to about 6" and they came back with nice low, bushy shapes.

My voles did do a number on some of them in past years after I applied a heavy wood mulch though.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2014 at 9:29AM
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Just wanted to add a picture

    Bookmark   July 4, 2014 at 3:54PM
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