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Obsession is a new Nandina and yet another fine selection from the Southern Living Plant Collection. More details below

Obsession Nandina

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Obsession Nandina
Nandina domestica  'Seika' PP21891

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-10b   Find Your Zone >

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6a, where this Nandina is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.

Special Attributes

Obsession is a new Nandina and yet another fine selection from the Southern Living Plant Collection. It is a sport of Nandina domestica 'Gulf Stream' but, unlike it's Mom, which only turns red during winter, Obsession has bright red colored young foliage during spring and summer. Mature foliage is deep green in color. The cultivar name 'SEIKA' means "sacred fire" in Japanese and was given as the name because of the color of the new growth. Like 'Gulf Stream', Obsession is a compact Nandina remaining small at 3-4 feet tall with an equal spread, and is characterized by its dense upright growth habit. Obsession keeps to itself and does not spread with age.

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing naturally to 3-4 feet tall and wide, it's mounding form and beautiful foliage make Obsession Nandina an excellent choice for stunning groupings or mass plantings in sunny to partially shaded landscape borders and home foundation plantings. Also ideal for use to line walkways and paths. Makes a fine centerpiece or accent in container gardens. A fine addition to rock and Xeriscape gardens (low water needs).

Spacing:  2.5' for solid hedge or mass plantings;  6' or more for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

Obsession Nandina is exceptionally easy to grow in most any average, moist but well drained soils and full sun to part shade. Plants are exceptionally drought tolerant when established. As with so many other shrubs, constantly wet or soggy can cause root rot and other plant diseases. Exceptionally low maintenance requiring little if any pruning. Its low water needs makes it highly suitable for Xeriscape gardening.

Helpful Articles

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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-10b   Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Evergreen Shrub 
Height at Maturity:  3-4'
Width at Maturity:  3-4'
Spacing: 2.5' for solid hedges; 6'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Bushy, Dense, Upright
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  None
Flower Size:  NA
Flowering Period:  NA
Flower Type:  NA
Fragrant Flowers:  NA
Foliage Color:  Bright Red new foliage turns to Bright Green when mature, Red in winter
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Full to Mostly Sun. Shade or Mostly Shade, All Day Filtered Sun, Morning Sun With Afternoon Shade. Morning Shade with Afternoon Sun
Water Needs:  Very Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay (Amended), Loam, Sandy, Silty
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  6.0 - 7.5 (Slightly Acid to Slightly Alkaline)
Maintenance / Care:  Very Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Insect

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