Fargesia Robusta Pingwu - Why It Is Called Green Screen [Clump-forming Bamboo]

Fargesia Robusta Pingwu is a low-maintenance clump-forming, non-invasive, evergreen bamboo. 

This small to medium bamboo plant has lime green upright canes that mature to light yellow. The new shoots and branches appear pinkish with the dark shiny green leaves.

Fargesia Pingwu is ideal for hedging, screening or planting in pots. Its common name is 'Green Screen' and the reason is obvious - its large evergreen leaves provide perfect green foliage all year round.

Its low upright culms and vibrant evergreen foliage can withstand temperatures as low as – 15 degrees Celsius, a very hardy plant. 

Grows well in the UK and European temperate areas.

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Fargesia Robusta Pingwu: Dark shiny green leaves, upright green to yellow canes.

Common Features of Fargesia Robusta Pingwu

  • Identification: Fargesia Robusta Pingwu, Green Screen, Umbrella Bamboo
  • Foliage: Evergreen, deep dark green.
  • Culm: upright, green to yellow when mature.
  • Height: 3 - 4m at full height
  • Spread: 1.5 – 2m, clump-forming.
  • Use: Screen, hedge, containers
  • Perennial: 10 -20 years.

Bamboo Growth requirements

  • Site: Full sun to part shade.
  • Soil: loam, sand, and clay.
  • Moisture: Well-drained and moist.
  • Hardiness: - 17 degrees Celsius, hardy bamboo.

Grow Clump-forming Bamboo Screen

Nature painted this clumping bamboo pretty well using contrasting green and yellow. 

Commonly known as the 'Green Screen' for its dense green dark leaves and bright green/bright yellow canes. 

It is a standout in Spring and Summer when the colours are prominent.

Fargesia Robusta Pungwu is non-invasive and undemanding compared to the other Fargesia Robusta Bamboo plants. A medium-sized bamboo, it grows in tightly packed clumps and can spread just 2m and reach 4m high.

Pingwu grows at a rate of 0.5 to 2.m metres in one growth year in the UK. 

On average, this fast-growing bamboo can reach maturity at 3 -5 years. After that, it will remain evergreen for an estimated 10 – 20 years.

Uses of Fargesia Robusta Pingwu

This clump-forming non-invasive bamboo is the best choice for small to medium hedges and privacy screens

In fact, the broad dark green leaves and arching branches and upright culms provide make it the best choice for any cover.

It is also an ideal bamboo for small to medium pots and containers.

Also, it will do well in part-shaded areas. Use it as a standalone or undercover plant. It will also perform well in pots.

Fargesia Robusta Pingwu Care

Although bamboo plants are tolerant, there is a number of natural threats growers should be mindful of.
Mitigating these early threats is the best thing to do to protect the new growth. 

Here are the common natural threats that are likely to affect the growth of your Fargesia Robusta Pingwu:

  • New leaves, bamboo shoots and rhizomes tips are susceptible to slug attack.
  • Frozen soil damages the exposed root hairs and rhizomes.
  • Strong winds damage the tender new culms.

Protect Fargesia Robusta Pingwu

To avoid the natural threats to your bamboo plants, do these:

  • Apply Slug and Snail Killer around your new bamboo.
  • Tie the culms to poles/stakes
  • Add organic mulch.

Generally, the bamboo plants thrive in well-aerated loam, or sand and loose clay soil but the older plants will require fertiliser and moisture, at least, once in Spring. 

Check to see if they are putting out new shoots, or whether the leaves and soil are in good condition.

This clump-forming bamboo loves moist soil, but not waterlogged soil.

The root hairs will decay very quickly in waterlogged soil. Something to avoid if you are growing a new bamboo purchase.

Propagate Fargesia Robusta Pingwu

There are three ways to propagate bamboo plants:

  • from the seeds, or
  • by culm and rhizome cuttings, or
  • by culm separation.

Some people have successfully used the conventional ‘Layering’ as the fourth way to propagate large bamboos. 

However, propagating bamboos from the cuttings and by separation is, by far, the two popular ways many gardeners use in the UK.

Slugs were capable of wiping out the tender growths in one visit when left unprotected. 

To protect the new bamboo shoots and rhizome tips, add Slug and Snail Killer around the new plants.

5+ Robusta Bamboo to choose from

Fargesia Robusta Pingwu is an Umbrella Bamboo that resembles other Robusta Bamboo plants that we feature of Garden Bamboo Plants (GBP). Pingwu's best features among the Robusta Bamboo group are the copious amount of leaves and bright yellow stems, non-invasiveness and tight upright formation.

Here is a unique selection of Small to medium Fargesia Robusta Bamboo plants under the Umbrella Bamboo label.

  1. Fargesia Robusta Campbell
  2. Scabrida Asian Wonder
  3. Fargesia murielae Bimbo Small Bamboo
  4. Frosty Bamboo Angustissima 
  5. Robusta Bamboo Collection

Bamboo Plants for Hedge, Screen or Contained Spaces

Bamboo plants are tolerant and tough, they provide the evergreen perennial effect. 

These plants are fast-growing and longer-lasting. They provide the best greenery cover all year round.

Bamboo plants are known to grow at an average rate of 0.5 – 1.0m in Spring and Summer, reaching their full maturity within 3 – 5 years. 

Interestingly, these hardy plants remain evergreen for up to 20 years, even more. 

Fargesia Robusta Pingwu clumping bamboo thick leaves and dense foliage form a formidable evergreen screen, that is why it is called the 'Green Screen' bamboo.

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