Nandina domestica 'Firepower'

Firepower Nandina, Heavenly Bamboo

Winter color

Winter color


Family: Berberidaceae

Genus: Nandina

Parent: Nandina domestica

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 6 to 9

Size: 2' x 2'

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Does not set berries but is grown for its red to orange autumn color and dense compact habit. New growth is bright chartreuse green in spring. The colors are vibrant and care needs to be taken with locating this plant. I would not put it next to a purple-leafed Loropetalum, or next to a house with certain red toned bricks.


Originated in New Zealand.

RHS Award of garden merit in 2002.

Other Cultivars: 

My Experience: 

I purchased 5 at McCorkles in June 2008 and transplanted 4 from NC in 2009. The 4 transplants went in the back near the croquet lawn edge and the 5 from McCorkles were planted in the front of the turret. In spring 2010 I did a slight redesign around the turret and added a 6th plant to the row, taking one from the back. One plant in the front did not get sufficient water and lost its leaves so I replaced it with another from the back.

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