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Fargesia murielae (Umbrella Bamboo)

Umbrella Bamboo, Arundinaria murielae, Sinarundinaria murielae, Clump-Forming Bamboo


A long-cultivated species, Fargesia murielae (Umbrella Bamboo) is an elegant, evergreen, clump-forming bamboo with tall and slender, rich yellow-green canes gently arching under the weight of the foliage. Short and narrow, up to 4 in. long (10 cm), the leaves are bright green on the upper surface, gray-green beneath. Fast-growing and cold-tolerant, the leafy stems sway in the slightest breeze and bend but do not break under snow cover. Tough and easy to grow, this non-invasive bamboo adds a unique texture and year-round appeal. Very adaptable, it is regarded as one of the best bamboos for use as a tall hedge or screen. Hardy to -4ºF (-20ºC).

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for its outstanding qualities
  • Grows up to 10-15 ft. tall (300-450 cm) and 3-5 ft. wide (90-150 cm).
  • A part shade lover, it is best grown in fertile, moisture retentive soils. Tolerates sun but the leaves will curl up in strong sunlight.
  • Great choice for hedges and screens, city gardens, along ponds and streams and containers.
  • Virtually disease free. Keep an eye out for slugs. Deer resistant.
  • Remove weak, dead, damaged or spindly stems in spring and thin to show off stems to best effect. Cut out any flowering shoots promptly to discourage more from forming.
  • Propagate by division or take cuttings of sections of young rhizomes in spring
  • Native to China

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 4 – 9
Plant Type Bamboos
Plant Family Bamboos
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Spread 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spacing 60" (150cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles City and Courtyard

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 4 – 9
Plant Type Bamboos
Plant Family Bamboos
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Spread 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spacing 60" (150cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles City and Courtyard

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