Monday, April 8, 2013

Interesting Trunks on a few Nandinas

Finally got around to digging up a few nandinas out of a landscape. The trunks became interesting underneath the surface of the soil which was almost like a sandy clay. The root balls were pretty close to the trunks. I've never seen wood this color before. It's a bright yellow. It reminds me of that yellow character in Sin City.

This first one didn't look like much until I washed the soil off and it revealed this massive root spread:

This next nandina is about 4 feet tall stuffed into a tiny pot. It gives me a prehistoric, jurassic feel. Almost like a brontosaurus should be nibbling at the top-most foliage. I have it covered with sphagnum moss since the pot IS so small. The tallest trunk may end up bent to the right slightly. Not sure yet. While the previous trunk and nebari is more impressive, this is my favorite of the 3.

This root system was the only reason I didn't trash this one. Neagari style has never really spoken to me but up close and personal, this is a fun little trunk.

So I hope to keep them alive throughout the season. I haven't done a ton of research on this species as not much is out there. They seem tough as nails in landscapes so I hope that's a good indication of how they'll behave in a pot.

Until next time, cheers.

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