Boasting glossy dark green leaves, tiny white blossoms that yield purplish-plum colored fruits, African boxwood or cape myrtle is a tough plant suitable for urban landscapes as well as more ornamental applications in refined gardens. A slow growing, rounded to upright boradleaf evergreen shrub, it has a wide natural distribution: Azores and Sub-Saharan Africa and the Himalayan region of India and China.
The glossy, dark green leaves are oval and release an aroma once crushed. Emergent leaves...
(Compact Tarentum Myrtle, Tarentum Myrtle)
This versatile dwarf selection of common myrtle makes a fine evergreen shrub for hedging or topiaries in dry, mild-climate gardens. Its parent is a true Mediterranean species that is native to Europe. There it has been grown since antiquity both as a commercial source of perfume oil and as a garden plant. In the wild it can be found on poor soils in protected locations. This makes ‘Compacta’ a fine choice for difficult sites in arid regions. This dwarf myrtle is a fine-branching, rounded, evergreen...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Firepower Nandina, Heavenly Bamboo, Sacred Bamboo)
Fire power heavenly bamboo is a dwarf evergreen shrub that originates from China and Japan. Popular and widely planted in the south, this tidy, bushy plant has fine compound leaves that are bright green in summer and crimson red in winter. This cultivar produces no showy flowers or fruit. Heavenly bamboo prefers some shade but can tolerate full sun. As a garden specimen it grows best in warm-temperate to subtropical climates and thrives in fertile, evenly moist soil. Traditionally planted in temple...
James H. Schutte
(Gulf Stream Nandina, Heavenly Bamboo, Sacred Bamboo)
Heavenly Bamboo is an upright shrub that is native to China and Japan. It is likened to true bamboo in habit and appearance, but is not related at all, in fact, it is actually related to the barberries.
Nandina grows in a clump of thin, cane-like stems that slowly sucker at the base forming colonies. They bear sprays of white flowers in summer and round clusters of red berries in winter. Heavenly Bamboo plants are often either male or female, therefore both are needed for berries to develop (self-fertile...
David L. Morgan
This is a half-height form of Heavenly bamboo, an evergreen shrub prized by gardeners in warm climates for its upright growth, glossy leaves, and profusion of flowers and berries. The species is native to India, China, and Japan, but its resemblance to bamboo is mainly fanciful and it is not a member of the bamboo family.
This compact shrub has a distinctive appearance. The branches are upright and the leaves are quite large and divided into smaller leaflets. The effect is somewhat tropical. The...
(Harbor Belle™ Nandina, Heavenly Bamboo, Sacred Bamboo)
The popular Harbor Belle™ is a super dwarf heavenly bamboo with glossy leaves that are pink-hued when they first emerge in spring. This small bushy shrub originates from China and Japan and is sometimes likened to bamboo in appearance but is not a true bamboo.
Popular and widely planted in the south, the base of this clump-forming plant consists of open cane-like branches topped with fine compound leaves that are glossy dark green and leathery. New leaves emerge in shades of pink and develop...