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Old 01-23-2002, 05:04 AM
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JimLewis JimLewis is offline
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No, to the contrary, we use them quite a lot here in OR. Many of the cultivars like "firepower", "moon bay" and "moyer's red" are among our favorites. And the nurseries sell hoards of them. I am surprised you didn't see much of them. They are all over. Although the cultivars I mention above are becoming a lot more popular than the original. "Firepower" especially is seen everywhere. From commercial properties to upper end resindential. Next time you visit Oregon let me show you around :-)

But even the largest of the group (the regular Nandina domestica) doesn't particularly lend itself to becoming a hedge. Not a very balanced one anyway. It tends to be more thin at the bottom and bulky only at the top.

I've never seen it made into a hedge in all of my years in the nursery or landscaping biz. But maybe that's just around here. I dunno. Maybe in different climates it behaves differently.
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Old 01-23-2002, 09:44 AM
SouthernGardening SouthernGardening is offline
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Yeah, I did see a lot of Firepower in the Northwest. And there's a lot of it used here. The species nandina is often seen here at older homes in an unkempt state - as you said, thin at the bottom and too full on top. The one's I care for are never sheared. Once a year, usually just before the holidays, I prune out about one- third of the canes, cutting them to the ground. My client's like to have the berries for decoration and the plant's new growth come spring fills in the base.
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Old 01-23-2002, 09:56 AM
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The original parameter for this hedge was 7-8'. Only the standard nandina gets this tall and only at maturity. Many clients won't wait that long for coverage. A fast-growing planting here is Leyland Cypress. Burford Holly makes a great hedge in sunny locales.
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