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

Posted by erinf83 (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 15, 13 at 17:17

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

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


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

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'.


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

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


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

Another dwarf is 'Monfar' marketed as Sienna Sunrise.


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

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


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

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.


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FirePower

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


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