Fargesia Murieliae Simba Clump-forming Bamboo Plant

 Fargesia Murieliae Simba is a small Fargesia bamboo, best for small gardens and contained spaces. 

It is an undemanding small bamboo with dense foliage that loves shade and forms an arching stem with stout branches and broad leaves.

This clump-forming small bamboo stands at only 2m at full height and spreads up to 3m, is non-invasive, and thrives in the UK and temperate Europe.

Fargesia Clump-forming bamboo for sale

Umbrella Bamboo Fargesia Simba is an ideal choice for low-growing hedges or screens, as undergrowth in small gardens, in pots and containers, or on a roof terrace.

To buy Fargesia Murieliae Simba, here is where to buy clumping bamboo plantsWe listed some top UK Home & Garden retailers online like Crocus and YouGarden.

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Characteristics of Fargesia Murieliae Simba

  • Identification: Fargesia Murieliae Simba, Umbrella Bamboo.
  • Foliage: Dense compacted evergreen.
  • Culm colour: Yellow-green.
  • Height: small bamboo, 2m.
  • Spread: 2 - 3m clump-forming, non-spreading bamboo.
  • Perennial: lasts 20 - 30 years.
  • Uses: Pots or containers, hedge or screen, undergrowth (ideal for small gardens, roof terraces or contained spaces).

Growth requirements

  • Site: Prefers shade.
  • Soil: well-drained moist, loam or sand and clay.
  • Winterhardiness: -15 degrees Celsius.

Grow Fargesia Murieliae Simba

Bamboo Simba is an ideal choice for its non-invasiveness and miniature decorative appearance. 

It is prominent as a small bamboo at a height of 2m. This hardy bamboo thrives in small, confined spaces.

Fargesia Murieliae Simba has the finest and toughest among the Fargesia Murieliae.

This evergreen bamboo forms a tight cluster of dense growth low down due to arching branches and dense slender foliage. An ideal bamboo for small gardens, terraces, patios and containers.

Maintain Fargesia Bamboo Plants

Growing clump-forming bamboo in a non-native climate requires care and protection, especially when they are newly planted.

Although most bamboo plants are tolerant of pests and diseases, there is a number of natural threats to be aware of. Mitigating these early threats is the best thing to do to protect the new growth.

Here are the common threats of Bamboo Simba.

  • The new leaves, shoots and rhizomes tips low down on the ground are susceptible to slug attack.

  • Very high temperatures and heat can cause yellowing and curling leaves and browning of new shoots.

  • Frozen soil can cause damage to the root hairs and rhizomes.
  • Fargesia Murieliae Simba does not like compacted hard soil.
  • Over-watering can damage the plant.

Care for Fergasia Clumping Bamboo Plants

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

  • Apply Slug and Snail Killer around your new bamboo plants and shoots.
  • Add organic mulch. [ref. VIDEO]
  • Check the soil moisture.
  • Water during dry seasons.

Propagate Fargesia Bamboo

Generally, there are three ways to propagate bamboo from the seeds, by culm and rhizome cuttings, or by culm separation. Propagating Fargesia Murieliae Simba by separation is the best way to get new plants.

As mentioned earlier, though Bamboo Simba is tolerant to pests and diseases in the UK, slugs love the tender new growths.

If you are propagating bamboo plants or planting a recent purchase, protect the new growths by adding Slug and Snail Killer around the new plants. 

The slugs can wipe off the tender growths if left unprotected. (This video shows slugs damaging new bamboo shoots in one visit).

20+ Fargesia Bamboo Varieties

Fargesia Murieliae Simba (umbrella bamboo) is known to have been in Europe since the 1970s, it's fairly in a new variety in the UK. There are over 20 Fargesia nitida and Fargesia Murieliae varieties that grow well in the UK.

Click here to see the Small Bamboo Collection.

Fargesia Murieliae Vs. Fargesia Nitida bamboo plants

We did extensive research on the popular bamboo plants in the UK and, carefully, gathered the qualities and features so that you can find the one that suits you.

Check out our collections of over 20 Fargesia Murieliae and Fargesia Nitida bamboo plants on our Featured Bamboo page. 

One of the common bamboo plants in the UK is the Fargesia Scabrida Asian Wonder. It has outstanding features that rival those of Fargesia Simba.

Small Garden Bamboo Plants

Bamboos are amazing plants. They come in various sizes, shapes, colours, and formations. Although some varieties (Phyllostachys) are invasive, they are manageable. 

The Fargesia (such as Murieliae Robusta, Nitida varieties) are non-invasive, and form clusters of rigorous stems and clumps that do not spread. They are best for small gardens.

These clump-forming, non-invasive bamboo plants are ideal for small hedges and individual plants. They thrive in pots and containers, and in small spaces like the terrace and balconies.

In the UK, Fargesia bamboo plants can grow an average of 0.5 – 1.0m in Spring, reaching their full maturity in 3 – 5 years. And remain evergreen, providing the evergreen cover all year round for 20 to 30 years.

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