Fargesia scabrida ‘Asian Wonder’ is a beautiful lush clump forming bamboo from China with rusty-orange culm sheaths and reddish stems turning to green in the summer. Fargesia scabrida ‘Asian Wonder’ in our nursery garden always looks beautiful with amazing deep green leaves contasting against the colourful canes. In our garden it is growing in less than ideal conditions close to mature Eucalptus trees and in quiet a breezy spot Fargesia scabrida ‘Asian Wonder’ has not only coped but has grown magnificently over the last 10 years. This Fargesia differs from many in the group by producing a large open clump making it ideal for planting as a decorative hedge or screen as well a medium sized specimen bamboo. I’d describe the growth habit as upright with a slight tendancy to cascade at the top under the weight of it’s luxuriant foliage. Fargesia scabrida is a very versatile bamboo tolerant of a more exposure than other Fargesia’s and can also be grown as a spectacular specimen in a container. As with all bamboo once you have chosen a suitable location I recommend good soil preparation, bamboo are shallow rooted and will really enjoy the addition of well rotted farmyard manure mixed with your soil when planting. Water the bamboo thoroughly before and after planting and make sure it doesn’t dry out until established. By that I mean keep it moist but not flooded, bamboo don’t like to be drowned either. Once established it shouldn’t need additional watering but will benefit from an annual mulch with a good organic compost (I use composted horse manure) and the occasional feed (I use pelleted poultry manure, a generous handful) in spring and summer.
- Eventual Size:Up to 3-4 metres, but can be pruned.
- Position:Shade to part shade out of cold, drying winds .
- Habit:Fairly upright/Clump forming/Non-invasive.
- Soil:All soils, but avoid waterlogged areas very dry soils will need extra watering.
- Common Names:Fargesia scabrida.