i planted this 25 or 30 years ago. it was 3, maybe 4 ft high and a painfully slow grower. now it is 6' tall and maybe 3'spread. it gets these pinkish plumes that don't develop any more that what is seen here and then they dry on the plant.
i will recognize the name once i hear it but for the life of me cannot remember what it is. someone said 'nandina' but that doesn't ring a bell with me.
if you can help, thanks.
here it is full shot. it had branches & leaves near the ground and all the way up. woody thing to the right is a rose tree.
i suppose i could go look for it in a nursery, and just may do that tomorrow.
I think it is Nandina. You could google it.
could be. you are the 2nd person to suggest that. its hard for me to tell from a google picture so i think i'll go to the nursery tomorrow to see if they have it in stock.
I think nandina, too. Also called "Heavenly Bamboo", although it isn't a true bamboo. Maybe that's the name you remember?
no, nettiejay.. that name does not ring a bell. i appreciate your input and who knows but that just might be the answer.
Bana, I agree with Nettiejay...although the plumes are intriging. Mine have little plume like things that turn into red berries. Great for decorating at Christmas. Does yours produce red berries?
no, no berries on this plant. the pinkish plume you see here is as big as it gets then it dries out on the bush/shrub or whatever its called.
i am just curious enough to head over to the nursery when it opens this morning.. if only to confirm what 3 out of 3 expert gardeners here agree on.
oops.. changed my post and didn't see two more responses. ok now it is 4 out of 4 that agree. the only reason i'm still not 100% convinced is that 'nandina' does not ring a bell of recognition. i did know the name years ago. too bad i didn't keep a garden diary.This message has been edited. Last edited by: bana,
Yes! We do!
It definitely looks like Nandina. There are several kinds. I had some at a previous home that were 5ft tall and very dense. They would produce berries in the winter and spread slowly like clumping bamboo.
Now I have a variety called Dwarf Nandina "Firepower" It stays below 2ft and gets really orangey-red in the winter...no berries though.
sure looks like it z9. and i do trust the gardening knowledge on this board that far surpasses mine. i just play around by instinct. you all know what you are talking about.
thanks for the quote NJ.. oops... thats the part i changed.
ALL 5 OF YOU WERE RIGHT.. IT IS NANDINA. Barb in MS guessed nandina too. you are all so smart. i took a branch & flower in and they id'd it instantly. i went to a japanese nursery and they know their plants.
can you believe i went there and came home with NOTHING? i know.. i'm in shock too. what i did do was pick Juan and Daniel's brains about ideas for the back fence near the nandina... but not more of it because it is too slow growing. i have a few good ideas for my mind to play with.
thanks y'all for your help and expertise.
Mystery solved, then... Except for the part about what it was called when you got it.
I have a Firepower, too, Lady. I LOVE the way yours coordinates so prettily with that pinkish clay pot.
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It's funny you mentioned the color of the clay pot. Several years ago I bought a lot of pots from a place in Tampa. They were all imported Vietnamese clay pots. The Vietnamese seller told me that they are stronger than the usual Mexican orange clay pot. So far after 6 years he was right, these pots are outside year around and they still are holding up well. Plus they were really inexpensive for the sizes. They are no longer in business..
z9 - I too love the pot and the firepower nandina. I have them in a small border...love them.
Bana - glad you were able to confirm the name. Makes you feel better now doesn't it. I hate it when something eludes me like that.....and it happens a lot more often now than I like.
thought when i heard the name that it would jog my memory, but it didn't. now i wish i would have kept a diary of all the important stuff... like names, dates, places, events ~ and what i thought the name of that plant was.
z9.. what is the diameter of that pot.. the opening part? i have an empty clay pot that maybe a dwarf nandina would look good in.
I, too, have several nandinas. Mine are old and tend to get leggy, so I cut them back periodically to encourage fullness.
It's never too late to start keeping garden records and it can be fun, too. I use Facebook's free, unlimited photo storage as a garden "journal", taking photos of my garden's plants and adding whatever info I want/need in the description. (You can make FB photos as private/only you or selected can view or as public as you like.)
glad to see you here, ca rose. you've been on my mind lately, wondering if you were ok.
the journal is a good idea. i did start a spreadsheet in 2009 of what's carried over or added to my garden year by year. wish i had started that years ago. and i have photos up the kazu on my MAC in the iPhoto app where i download pics from my camera.
i had such a mishmosh of photo albums and couldn't find a photo in particular.. so that i spent about 3 days reorganizing all my albums into categories. the 'garden category' has albums by year. 'friends category' has album for each friend. same for family. also have 'events category'... 'outings' and so on. you get the idea. the albums are alphabetized and some stand alone because they don't fit into a category. before i did this organizing, i had no clue where to look for photos and the more pictures i took, the worse it got. so now i can pretty much find what i am looking for quickly and easily. thats the system that works for me.
It's 14". The Dwarf Nandina's have been in the same pots for 5 years now...I think they like to be rootbound. They are about 5 inches taller than in this photo.
I have pictures of all my plants with the names in a folder on my computer, when that gets too big I burn them onto a CD.
Hey CA Rose, good to see ya on the boards again!
gorgeous, z9. love your pots, the cluster of 3.. their stair step arrangement.. and the nandinas in them.
my pot is 13" tall & 9" at the opening. i need something to put in it.. maybe a dwarf nandina would look good. the astilbe pictured here is now in the ground. i want something in it that does not die down in the winter.
That Firepower nandina does not lose it's leaves in winter, it just turns red. In zone 10a it should do fine.
Love the sun pot, I collect suns too.
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there are several kinds of Nandies that do not berry.... look here at a couple of the Nana's and the Gulf Stream... I couldn't tell what height yours was, but you should find it on that list somewhere.....Firehouse, Firepower, etc....
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thanks Toots. according to your chart, mine must be Domestica because it is easily 6' tall now. i don't recall red berries in the winter like it says in the description. but then i hardly pay any attention to it. i'll observe it more closely this winter.
Bana, your birds could be gathering your red berries before you get a chance to check too.
I was wondering why I hadn't had any red berries on my honeysuckle...until I saw a mocking bird in the middle of it feasting away!
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