Fargesia nitida

Fountain bamboo

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Plant type

Hardy perennial


Colourful bark, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


Fargesia nitida

Plant details

This elegant bamboo makes dense clumps of very tall, pencil-slim canes, purple-black in colour and topped by airy spays of evergreen foliage. The clumps spread very slowly and each year's new growth is taller until plants reach their maximum height. Suits a sheltered border - it does not tolerate exposed sites. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Poaceae

Genus: Fargesia

Species: nitida

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Colourful bark, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 500cm

Spread: 180cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

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