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Fargesia nitida (Chinese Fountain Bamboo)

Chinese Fountain Bamboo, Fountain Bamboo, Arundinaria nitida, Semiarundinaria nitida, Sinarundinaria nitida, Clump-Forming Bamboo


A particularly robust species, Fargesia nitida (Chinese Fountain Bamboo) is an elegant, evergreen, clump-forming bamboo with tall and slender, purple-flushed green canes strongly arching under the weight of the foliage. Short and very narrow, up to 4 in. long (10 cm), the leaves are slightly matte dark gray-green on the upper surface, matte gray-green beneath. Although delicate in appearance, Chinese Fountain Bamboo is tough and hardy, able to withstand severe winters. Easy to grow, this non-invasive bamboo is one of the best bamboos for growing in shade. Very adaptable, it can be used as a hedge or windbreak. Hardy to -4ºF (-20ºC).

  • Grows up to 10-15 ft. tall (300-450 cm) and 3-5 ft. wide (90-150 cm).
  • A light shade to part shade lover, it is best grown in fertile, moisture retentive soils. Tolerates sun but the leaves will curl up readily 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 5 – 9
Plant Type Bamboos
Plant Family Bamboos
Exposure Full Sun, 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)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers
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 5 – 9
Plant Type Bamboos
Plant Family Bamboos
Exposure Full Sun, 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)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard

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