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259-008   Nandina domestica 'Tsukumo'  

Nandina domestica 'Tsukumo'
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We have grown this dwarf form of Nandina domestica for just a few years and have been unable to find much information about it. We were delighted to see it recently at a flower market in Japan. The leaves are so diminished that they have almost disappeared. In their place is a dense collection of green stems that closely resemble a whisk. There are occasionally leaves, but they are tiny. The name 'Tsukumo' refers to a bull rush in Japanese. But perhaps the name is also inspired by the phrase "tsukumogami" which is used to describe a bristly head of hair, often that of an old woman. Despite the lack of much foliage, the stems and their limited leaf tissue do turn red in the fall. We have not yet seen the shrublet bloom and so we do not know if it will bear fruit. Who cares! It is a very curious and interesting plant for a container or a small space.

Midsummer.  Unknown x Unknown

White flowers

Sun, Part Shade     Zones 7, 8, 9

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