Fargesia robusta 'Campbell' is one of the most Upright Bamboos, with lovely dull green straight canes, also this Fargesia Bamboo is better suited for a sunny location in the garden, it makes an excellent hedge, with a slightly smaller leave than straight robusta. The emerging culms are a startling green and show up well against the white culm sheaths in the spring. This bamboo will reach up to 3.5 to 4 metres in height and is a well behaved Clump Forming Bamboo which will not mind growing in a shady spot either. Quite rare, but very desirable!
- Eventual Size: Up to 4 metres, but can be pruned
- Position: Shade to sun; out of cold, drying winds - especially coastal winds
- Foliage: Evergreen
- Cane/Culm Colour: Dull green canes
- Habit: Upright/Clump forming/Non-invasive
- Soil: all soils, but avoid waterlogged areas; very dry soils will need extra watering
- Common Names: Campbell Bambo, Robusta bamboo
- Hardiness: Fully hardy
- Uses: Screening Bamboo, Hedging Bamboo
- Common Names: Robusta bamboo
Before planting it is a good idea to soak the bamboo thoroughly to ensure the rots are well and truly saturated then dig a hole at least twice the size of the root ball add compost then place the bamboo so that the finished soil height will be slightly lower than the top of the root ball. Backfill using your soil mixed 50:50 with good compost. Once planted gently firm down the soil around the base add a top dressing of a good fertilizer, we prefer poultry manure, then mulch with a good 8-10 deep layer of compost. Finally water again to help settle the bamboo. In dry periods it may be necessary to repeat watering regularly, if the bamboo looks dry and the leaves are curling this is a sure sign. After the first season we repeat the mulching and feeding each spring.
Now stand back and enjoy. Don’t expect your bamboo to grow away like a rocket, yes bamboo can grow incredibly fast but most of this happens over a 3 month period which is very generally late May through to early August so if you’ve planted either side of this period I’m afraid you’ll have to wait.
Pruning and Grooming
Bamboo can be very accommodating here. I’ve seen pristine clipped hedges and topiary shaped plantings of both Phllostachys aurea and bissetti showing easy how easy it can be managed. What I like to do though on any large bamboo is to remove all old, thin and spindly canes (or culms as us horticulturists call them) then prune away all the side branches off the remaining culms to a height of between 60cm to 150cm depending on your choice. This in my opinion show bamboos off to there best making them stately specimens.
For more information see our Bamboo Care Guide for these types of Bamboo:
Also see our Bamboo FAQ
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Shirle on 27 Aug 2017
We bought a few plants to create a 9ft wide screen nearly 3 years ago. These plants are now superb and are not invasive, but they have thickened out. They are a delight all year round and we have provided no maintenance at all. They are simply beautiful.
Alma Peterson on 25 Aug 2017
Delighted with the quality, box was a little bit bashed up when it arrived but this was probably down to the courier and not the sender, plants are absolutely fine and Iamp39m very happy with them.
Damian on 20 Aug 2017
Plants arrived swiftly however I was initially concerned as a lot of the canes had been wrapped in cling film and bent over, upon contacting the seller I was assured the canes would bend back with a little encouragement and this was due to the height restrictions set by their courier the other option was to cut the canes out completely so Im pleased they didnt in the end. Plants look great and ended up being larger than described. Id happily buy from this seller again based on this purchase.
Many thanks for the review, yes as mentioned we sometimes bend the taller canes on some of our bamboo to get them under the height limit restrictions of our courier as it seems a bit harsh to cut them off so we avoid this if we can, the canes will normally straighten up after a while or quicker with a bit of encouragement. Kind regards, Big Plant Nursery
fiona on 19 Apr 2017
Love my bamboo, they have grown so much and really bushed out.
Big Plant Customer on 19 Apr 2017
good sized bamboo for the price, arrived quickly and well protected