Nandina, Dwarf Nandina, Dwarf Heavenly Bamboo 'Monfar'

Nandina domestica

Family: Berberidaceae (bear-ber-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Nandina (nan-DEE-nuh) (Info)
Species: domestica (doh-MESS-tik-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Monfar
Additional cultivar information:(PP14693, CPBR pending; aka Firepower, Sienna Sunrise)
Hybridized by Farrow
Registered or introduced: 2002



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall


Grown for foliage



Provides winter interest

This plant is fire-retardant

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From softwood cuttings

By simple layering

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:


Daphne, Alabama

Smiths, Alabama

Bootjack, California

Crockett, California

Hidden Meadows, California

Lakewood, California

Perris, California

San Francisco, California

San Jose, California

Bradley, Florida

Brooksville, Florida

Deltona, Florida

Kissimmee, Florida

Lecanto, Florida

Umatilla, Florida

Winter Haven, Florida (2 reports)

Colbert, Georgia

Hinesville, Georgia

Royston, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia

Highland, Illinois

Bordelonville, Louisiana

Slidell, Louisiana

Bel Air, Maryland

Laurel, Maryland

Valley Lee, Maryland

Ludington, Michigan

Brandon, Mississippi

Carson City, Nevada

Asheboro, North Carolina

Belmont, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina (2 reports)

Lenoir, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Seagrove, North Carolina

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Dayton, Ohio

Jenks, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Beaverton, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Morrisville, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Conway, South Carolina

Pendleton, South Carolina

Germantown, Tennessee

Lafayette, Tennessee

Dallas, Texas

El Paso, Texas

Emory, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports)

Fredericksburg, Texas

Houston, Texas (3 reports)

Mission, Texas

Missouri City, Texas

Murchison, Texas

New Braunfels, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Portsmouth, Virginia

Vinton, Virginia

Yorktown, Virginia

Seattle, Washington

Wauna, Washington

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 2, 2017, Harpic from Kissimmee,
United States (Zone 9b) wrote:

When I bought this plant it had spectacular fire-department red foliage and deserved a 'high positive'. Sadly, here in 9b, the winters have been too mild (other reporters mention that it needs a bit of a chill to bring out that marvellous red foliage).
My 'firepower' sits as a densely leaved 18" x 18" shrub - no trouble at all - it thrives, but fails to produce the startling red leaves it was bought for.
I suggest that although it may thrive in warmer climates (such as 9b), it might struggle to color-up to the bright red it is known for unless there is a chill.


On Feb 14, 2011, jpaczkowski0 from Houston, TX wrote:

Absolutely love the Fire Power Nandina! They get about 2x2' only and they do not set fruit. They stay very compact and don't need any pruning. I have them planted all over my front and backyard, in shade and full sun. They have performed well in wet and dry soil conditions. I just don't have a single complaint about these plants. Mine got through the cold nights and the frosts without a single issue. Even though our winters here in Houston are very short, I found that the nandinas in full sun during the cold weather, will change colors the most. They go back to being almost a chartreuse green in the warmer days. Highly recommend you go to the nursery while it is cold out to take a look at these Nandinas before you purchase, to make sure you like the colorations. I love the colors and the... read more


On Oct 21, 2010, tracyb433 from Winter Haven, FL wrote:

Have had these as foundation plants in Winter Haven, FL for almost ten years now. Very drought tolerant, sometimes it gets cold enough to get a lot of red, but usually vibrant green in summer with new growth and splotchy red green in winter. But i love them. They are one of the easiest growing/care plant I have in my yard. All 5 survived and are now in varying heights of 2-3 ft. Will be buying more next time they are around. Mine was described and labeled Nandina fire power. Hardly ever water them.


On Mar 22, 2010, Jazznart from New York City, NY (Zone 7b) wrote:

A beautiful plant grown in a pot at my Brooklyn (zone 7)doorstep for its purported winter interest. Sadly it died with the first frost. I plan to try it once more in my garden where the buried roots may survive the insulating effect of being surrounded by a lot more soil than is contained in a pot.


On Jan 23, 2010, trackinsand from mid central, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

i like this plant. it colors up very nicely in winter (the colder the better) and is evergreen. it takes about a year before it loses that frail, spindly look and then it starts to thicken up.
i think that several of the pictures listed here as 'Fire Power' are wrong. there are a decent amount of cultivars available and i think some people are confusing them with this one. this cultivar is not airy or lacy but rather bushy and the leaves are smaller and wider than some shown.


On Aug 19, 2009, rwayne24 from Yorktown, VA wrote:

The beauty of these plants is that they are not of uniform color and bring with the changing of the seasons new colors upon which to gaze.

Around Christmas time in my area they look as if they're red decorations lining the walkway.

A most versitle plant.


On Sep 8, 2007, WaterCan2 from Eastern Long Island, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Excellent plant for Bonsai, I found them to be resilient despite their frail looks. Loves humidity and shade. I believe it is also called "Woods Dwarf".


On Apr 2, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Nice little evergreen shrub for warm climates. Turns a vivid reddish color in the fall and winter.


On Dec 9, 2005, zechickadee from Philadelphia, PA wrote:

Gracefully arching, especially lovely when grouped with other plants or in walkways or doorways. Commendable for its leafy, evergreen presence in winter, with berries forming early in fall in Zone 6 and lasting well into spring. Red shoots a bonus!


On Apr 6, 2005, Magwar from Royston, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Very frail looking, still haven't been able to get this plant to thrive very well.


On Sep 9, 2004, Dodsky from Smiths Grove, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

While 'Firepower' does grow fairly well once established and it forms a nicely rounded small bush, its overall coloration is not very pleasing in my opinion. Its chartreuse coloration with mottled pink, red, and washed out greens makes the plants I have look like they've been hit with some sort of chemical burn. The curled leaves only add to the unappealing appearance of this plant. The only time the plants look good are when the leaves first leaf out. My plants are over four years old and are quite healthy, but the coloration and overall appearance are not what I hoped they'd be. I'm probably going to dig them up and replace them this fall with something with a lot more visual appeal.


On Jul 11, 2004, GVF from San Francisco, CA wrote:

This is a lovely plant that can become tall, elegant, and balanced. The firepower ( see photos) has required little care besides pruning of offshoots and berries, some loose restraint mostly for wind control ( wide rings and spirals attached to stakes), twice-weekly watering, and about bimonthly light feeding. And it's about 7 ft tall.....I think there may be much discrepancy among specimens, as my plant does not look at all like the "mottled" bush others seem to indicate by pictures or notes, and no leaves are curled.


On May 6, 2004, ZaksGarden from Winston Salem, NC wrote:

This plant makes a lovely border for walkways, sidewalks, and ever driveways. I have 4 and I absolutely love them, the new life comes out as a light green and slowly turns into more red. I would reccommend this plant to anyone looking for a decent sized hedge plant that has a unique color and contrast with other plants.