Fargesia nitida

Fountain Bamboo


Fargesia nitida is another very beautiful bamboo long cultivated in the U.K. Being first introduced around 1889. Fargesia nitida is very dainty in appearance with fine narrow deep green leaves held on slender arching canes which vary in colour from green to greyish blue-black. Despite it’s delicate look this bamboo is very hardy surviving temperatures in excess of minus 20 degrees. It is also very clump forming in nature never sending shoots away from the main clump making a spectacular, dense, upright bamboo that gently arches over at the top under the weight of it pretty foliage. The original plants flowered some time ago and the plants we offer here are from a selection that showed the best characteristics from the parent bamboo. I’ve seen this bamboo many time grown in a container on a shady patio or courtyard to great effect. Grown this way it seems to be happy reaching 2-3 metres high and is very graceful and oriental looking. Grown in the ground in a sheltered from strong winds and dappled shade Fargesia nitida makes a beautiful specimen bamboo around 4 metres high.

  • Position:Shade to part shade out of cold, drying winds - especially coastal winds.
  • Soil:All soils, but avoid waterlogged areas very dry soils will need extra watering.
  • Eventual Size:Height 4m. Spread 1. 5m, but can be pruned.
  • Habit:Upright growth.
  • Foliage:Evergreen.

Eventual Plant Size

Please note all images are for illustrative purposes only, depending on the season or time of year the plant you receive may be different than pictured.


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