La Nandina (Nandina domestica) es un arbusto que alcanza los 2 m de altura y destaca por los cambios de coloración que experimentan sus hojas a lo largo del año, así como por el contraste entre el color rojo de sus frutos y el verde de sus hojas. Sus propiedades celestiales supuestamente le dan el poder de disipar las pesadillas.
Japanese Garden Plants: Nandina
The Nandina (Nandina domestica) is a shrub that reaches 2 m in height and is noted for color changes experienced by their leaves throughout the year, and by the contrast between red fruits and green leaves. His heavenly properties supposedly give you the power to dispel nightmares.
Nandina domestica, called Nandina, and in Japanese, ナンテン (南天) is native of China and Japón. Nandina is a a shrub of 1.5 m height, but can reach 2.5 m height. Width: 1.2 to 1.8 m. Dwarf varieties are also. Evergreen in cold areas may even fall in winter, lanceolate of 5-10 cm. The plant has green leaves in spring that veer red between autumn and winter. Flowers are fragrant and white of 5 mm in diameter. The Inflorescences occur in summer.
The fruits are globose of 5-10 mm diameter bright red. Toxic. Usually appear in autumn and remain on the plant until the following spring. Each fruit contains between 1 and 3 spherical seeds.
Have been described more than 65 varieties in Japan, where the species is very popular and there is the National Society for the Study of Nandina. They can stand among others the Nandina domestica ‘Fire Power”, N. d. “Pygmaea”, N. d. “Richmond”, N. d. “Capillaris” and N. d. “Leucocarpa”.
It is a sunny areas plant that prefers partial shade with moist soils with a pH between 5.6 and 6.5, rich, fertile and well drained. The easiest way to propagate is separate stems appearing on plants and mature. It can also be done by seed, although with a very slow growth.