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Nandina Firepower Shrubs

Sherrie Asked

My Nandinas look terrible now after this past winter. I’ve never seen them look like this before. Many brown leaves and stems showing. Is there anything I can/should do to “pamper” them a little?

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The Gardener’s Answer

Hi, Sherrie: Nandina are such great plants and the color they provide in the garden is a bonus but they are susceptible to winter damage. My ‘Firepower’ Nandina look the exact same way. It is not the first time Mother Nature has caused damage to these broadleaf evergreens. We had extremely cold temperatures this winter and not a lot of snow to protect them. The good news is that the damage is most likely just cosmetic and the roots are still alive and healthy. They will recover and put on new growth as the air and soil temperatures rise. This should start happening in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully none of the stems are damaged but if no new growth appears go ahead and prune them out. They will rejuvenate. I hope this is helpful.

 

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