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Fargesia nitida

Fountain bamboo

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Feature

Colourful bark, Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Dianna Jazwinski, copyright GAP Photos (27524)

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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