Kangaeroo Corner, our garden, is basically filled with Aussie native plants, but there were a few trees and plants there when we came to live here, and they have largely remained, including the nandina, also known as heavenly bamboo. Unfortunately, her presence in the garden proved far from heavenly.
The nandina, or nanten in Japanese, is a very popular plant in Japan, where it is native, as it is throughout east Asia.
Despite its name in English, it’s not a bamboo, but a shrub.
But it grows like a bamboo–fast and powerfully–and that’s why we’re saying good-bye to her.
Today we will call in an arborist and ask him to remove the nandina.
The nandina’s roots extended throughout the garden filled with Aussie plants.
One of them wrapped itself around the tree fern’s root ball, effectively killing it.
And the nandina roots were spreading toward other trees, too.
So there was no other option.
Out she goes. I feel a bit guilty. But less so after I learned that she is also toxic to creatures.
And, in her place, will be a new attempt at growing a tree fern.
Postscript: The nandina is being removed as I write and the situation is much worse than I had imagined. Just as it had done with the tree fern, the nandina’s roots have strangled the root balls of at least the golden wattle and possibly the alpine cider gum, or both. I couldn’t look. Both threatened trees had appeared to be thriving. Removing the nandina may also kill these trees, or one of them, probably the golden wattle, based on proximity. It was heartbreaking. But, taking the troublesome tree out of the equation means the others may still have a chance. They would have been doomed otherwise.