(Nandina domestica 'Firepower')
'Firepower' Nandina is a Florida-Friendly selection of the invasive ornamental commonly known as heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica). This compact, evergreen shrub is characterized by upright, cane-like stems with compound leaves that are light to medium green during summer and fiery red during winter. What makes this cultivar a good choice for Florida gardens is its lack of flowers and fruit, compared to the “resident species” of Nandina which spreads readily by seed into natural areas. ‘Firepower’ is also more dense and compact than the species, giving it the look of a mounded plant which increases in diameter with time.
Mature Size: 24 to 60 inches tall, but typically 24 inches tall and wide
Growth Rate: Moderate to Fast
Plant Habit: Mounded
Ornamental Characteristics & Uses:
Foliage Color: Lime to medium green, often tinged with yellow or red in spring and summer. Low temperatures in fall/winter turn leaves burgundy to brilliant red until new spring growth.
Flower Color: N/A
Attracts Wildlife: None
Uses: Mass planting, borders and foundation plantings, or as an accent plant given its interesting and colorful leaves
Cold Hardiness Zone(s): 6 - 10
Hardy Temp: -5 degrees
Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Needs: Medium
Soil Tolerances: Prefers moist soils
Soil pH: Acidic to Slightly Alkaline
General Care & Growing Tips:
'Firepower' Nandina grows best in moist, fertile soil under light shade. If planted in full sun and/or dry soils, it should be mulched and may require regular irrigation to look its best, but is otherwise tolerant of most soil types. Does not require pruning; propagation is via cuttings or division.
Generally a pest-free and virus-free plant.
Reference: Knox, G. W. and Wilson, S. B. (2009). 'Firepower' Nandina (Nandina domestica): A Noninvasive Nandina for Florida. University of Florida. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep381
Photos by: Alicia Lamborn
- UF/IFAS Sites
- Demonstration Gardens of the University of Florida's Extension Service
- Ornamental Teaching Gardens: Design, Development and Use
- Types of Gardens
- Lawn and Garden Landscape Design
- Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program
- Florida Yards.org