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Fargesia nitida ‘Pillar’ [Chinese Fountain Bamboo]

Fargesia nitida ‘Pillar’, the Chinese Fountain Bamboo, has beautiful slender evergreen foliage. It has tight upright stems that go from green to deep dark purple when matured and arched at the tops. 

In the dry season, water well or apply mulch and organic composts.

Qualities of Fargesia nitida ‘Pillar’: Deep dark green leaves and tall slender clums, prefers shade, ideal for large pots and containers.

Fargesia nitida ‘Pillar’

Clump-forming bamboo plants for sale

Here is where to buy the clump-forming bamboo plants onlineWe listed some top UK Home and Garden bamboo suppliers like Crocus and YouGarden.

Also, check out Amazon bamboo suppliers.

Bamboo Fargesia ‘Pillar’ features

  • Name/s: Fargesia nitida ‘Pillar’, Chinese Fountain Bamboo.
  • Culms: upright, green turning deep purple almost black.
  • Leaves: slender, evergreen dense foliage.
  • Max. Height: 2 - 3 metres.
  • Max. Spread: 1 - 2 metres, non-invasive, clump-forming.
  • Winterhardiness: - 20 to - 25 degrees Celsius.
  • Uses: single plant, pots and containers, shade plants
  • Care: tolerant of shade, water well in the dry season, requires good soils and moisture.
Some bamboo with similar features are Fargesia rufa, Fargesia nitida gansu and Fargesia nitida 'Black Pearl. Check this list for all the Fargesias.

How to grow fountain bamboo?

The Chinese Fountain Bamboo, Fargesia nitida ‘Pillar’, can grow 3 metres high and is extremely winterhardy –20 degrees Celsius.

It is bamboo is highly tolerant of shade, making it the best plant for containers and pots, undergrowth and small gardens.

It does not like compacted chalky soil and dry areas.

Use this clump-forming bamboo for screening shady spots. It also grows well in large pots and containers.

Types of Fargesia Nitida Bamboo plants

We featured 7 common types of the Nitida group. A spectacular non-invasive bamboo plant, it will not send its shoots away from the parent plant.

The clumps form a dense upright wall to support the ‘fountain’ foliage.

Fargesia nitida fountain bamboo plant is among the stunning Fargesia bamboos in the UK, owing their names to the appearances of the evergreen fountain-like foliage and coloured stems.

Create an exotic bamboo garden 

Here are some articles packed with tips and step-by-step guides for bamboo growers.

If you find this article helpful, leave a comment and let us know what you think. 

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Fargesia Nitida 'Jiuzhaigou' Fountain Bamboo [Red Panda Fargesia Bamboo]

 Fargesia Nitida 'Jiuzhaigou' (commonly known as the Red Panda Fargesia Bamboo) is a clump-forming dwarf bamboo.

The stems of this bamboo emerge green, turn deep red and mature to yellowish-orange. It is known that the change in colours is a response to the amount of light the stems receive.

Unlike the other Fargesias,  Fargesia Nitida 'Jiuzhaigou' requires a good amount of sunlight. 

The clump-forming bamboo thrives in moist well-drained soils. 

When planted in large pots and containers, the soil must be kept moist and nutrient-rich.

Fargesia Nitida 'Jiuzhaigou'

Bamboo Fargesia 'Jiuzhaigou' features

Fargesia nitida 'Jiuzhaigou’ is a hardy bamboo, it grows to an average height of 3 metres and spread 2 metres in clump formation.

  • Identification: Fargesia nitida 'Jiuzhaigou', clump-forming bamboo, dwarf bamboo, Red Panda’ Fargesia.
  • Culms: emerge green, turn red and age to orange.
  • Leaves: dense evergreen foliage.
  • Max Height: 2 - 4 metres.
  • Spread: 1 - 2 metres, non-invasive, clump forming.
  • Winterhardiness: -15 to -20 degrees Celsius.
  • Uses: Ideal for pots and containers, or sites where there is direct sunlight.
  • Care: prefers direct sunlight, and requires good soil and moisture.

Clump-forming bamboo plants for sale

Here is where to buy the clump-forming bamboo plants onlineWe listed some top UK Home and Garden bamboo suppliers like Crocus and YouGarden.

Also, check out Amazon bamboo suppliers.

Best qualities of Fargesia nitida 'Jiuzhaigou’

Spectacular change in the colour of the culms/stems from emerging green to deep red and aged to yellowish orange.

Grow in south facing gardens as it needs sunlight for the best result.

7 Types of Fargesia Nitida Fountain Bamboos

We featured 7 common types of the Nitida group. A spectacular non-invasive bamboo plant, it will not send its shoots away from the parent plant.

The clumps form a dense upright wall to support the ‘fountain’ foliage.

Fargesia nitida is among the stunning Fargesia bamboos in the UK, owing their names to the appearances of the evergreen fountain-like foliage and coloured stems.

Here are four articles packed with informational guides for bamboo growers. 

Click on the links to read about how to propagate bamboo plants.

Fargesia nitida Obelisk [Fargesia murielae and Fargesia nitida Hybrid]

Fargesia nitida ‘Obelisk’ is a hybrid bamboo with evergreen leaves and dark tall culms. This clump-forming Fargesia nitida has the best qualities of the parent plants Fargesia murielae and Fargesia nitida.

This beautiful bamboo is known for producing numerous shoots and leaves every year.

Fargesia nitida Obelisk is ideal as a standalone bamboo, makes a great ornamental garden centrepiece. It can also be grown in pots and containers, or as privacy screens and hedges to great effect.

This clump-forming bamboo is hardy and can withstand temperatures to a low -25 degrees Celsius. 

The Obelisk culms can grow to 4m tall and support their dense green foliage. This bamboo thrives in part shade and shade.

Fargesia nitida Obelisk UK

Bamboo Fargesia ‘Obelisk’ features and care

Best qualities of Fargesia nitida 'Obelisk’: Great standalone plant, produces masses of new shoots and leaves yearly. 

Obelisk is clump-forming bamboo with dense green foliage and thin hardy culms. It is non-invasive.
  • Identification: Fargesia nitida ‘Obelisk’, Hybrid Umbrella Bamboo Obelisk, Fargesia Nitida Obelisk.
  • Culms: Slender, Dark columnar.
  • Leaves: Bright green, evergreen foliage.
  • Height: 3 - 4 metres.
  • Spread: 1 - 2 metres, non-invasive, clump forming.
  • Hardiness: - 25 degrees Celsius.
  • Use: Standalone specimens, pots and containers, hedges, privacy screens.
  • Care: Thrives in the shade and part shade, requires good soils and moisture.

Cost of Clump-forming bamboo plants

The cost listing below is an estimated price of the common Clump-forming bamboo plants based on the cost of 10 – 20 L pots. 

The comparison table shows the price ranges (lowest and highest prices) from over 10 UK online retailers, including the major online markets, Amazon and eBay.

Note that the prices are indicative of the costs of packages (P&P) and delivery charges, and are subject to changes. Use this table as a guide. 

For more information on prices, check the recent online prices from the top UK Bamboo Suppliers.

7 Types of Fargesia Nitida Fountain Bamboo

We featured 7 common types of the Nitida group

A spectacular non-invasive bamboo plant, it will not send its shoots away from the parent plant. The clumps form a dense upright wall to support the ‘fountain’ foliage.

Fargesia nitida is among the stunning Fargesia bamboos in the UK, owing their names to the appearances of the evergreen fountain-like foliage and coloured stems.

The 4 articles below are packed with tips and step-by-step guides for bamboo growers. 

Click on the links to find out more.

Follow GBP on YouTube – Amazing Bamboo Plants. Get the top tips for growing bamboo plants in the UK.

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.

Fargesia Scabrida Asian Wonder Clump-forming Bamboo

Fargesia scabrida Asian Wonder Garden Qualities: Bamboo Asian Wonder has an outstanding culm colouration, evergreen clump-forming bamboo. Ideal for hedge, privacy fence or large pots and containers. Asian Wonder thrives in the UK.

It's winterhardy and tolerant to different soil types.

Clumping Bamboo Plants for Sale

We’ve compiled a list of reputable Garden retailers in the UK where you can buy the right bamboo at the right price. 

Find out where to buy clumping bamboo plants from the UK Home & Garden retailers online.

Bamboo plants for sale: Crocus and YouGarden

Common Features of Fargesia scabrida Asian Wonder

  • Identification: Fargesia scabrida Asian Wonder, Fargesia robusta 'Asian Wonder', Red Umbrella Bamboo.
  • Foliage: slender green drooping leaves.
  • Culm colour: Beautiful purplish red, matures to green.
  • Height: Small-medium bamboo, reaches 3m.
  • Spread: Clump-forming, non-invasive bamboo.

Growth requirement

  • Site: Full sun to partial shade, colouration not prominent in shade.
  • Soil: well-drained, moist soil.
  • Use: Hedge, narrow privacy fence, large pot and containers.
  • Hardiness: very hardy, tolerant to -20 degrees Celsius.

Grow Fargesia scabrida Asian Wonder

Fargesia Asian Wonder is a clump-forming Umbrella Bamboo, also known as the Fargesia Robusta Asian Wonder. 

This bamboo is a standout among the Fargesia group due to its beautiful stem colouration which starts purplish bright red and eventually changes to green as it matures.

The thick drooping leaves and upright culms are ideal for garden hedging or natural privacy fencing. It is also an excellent choice as an individual plant and large pots and containers.

This clump-forming evergreen bamboo thrives in well-drained moist soil. It does not like compacted soils or very dry soil.

The leaves and culms' colourations are prominent where there is enough sun. 

To get the best of this bamboo, plant it where there is enough sunlight. Ideally, away from the shade of larger trees and buildings.

If you grow Fargesia Asian Wonder in pots and containers, ensure that it receives enough light.

Fargesia Bamboo Care

Asian Wonder, like other Umbrella Bamboo plants, is tolerant to different soil types and seasonal weather changes.

Although this bamboo is undemanding, it will need care. Its roots and leaves are susceptible to dry soil conditions and frozen soil.

If the bamboo leaves turn yellow or curl, or the culms browning indicate that the soil

  • lacks nutrients, or
  • is too dry, or
  • is compacted.

Take immediate action to revive your bamboo before the new bamboo growths appear in Spring.

Add fertilisers or organic mulch such as bark or grass cuttings mixed with bark and twigs to keep the soil moist. Do something to improve the soil condition.

Bamboo protection

Here are some pointers for protecting bamboo when planting a new plant or propagating the cuttings. 

Although bamboo plants are undemanding, the new plants and tall plants are susceptible to natural threats.

Here are some tips for protecting Fargesia scabrida Asian Wonder

  • Grow the bamboo away from windy locations.
  • Slugs like the new shoots and rhizome tips. Add Slug and Snail Killer (early in Spring) to protect the new growths.
  • Apply NPK or organic fertiliser and mulch (early in Spring).
  • Prune and remove old culms (4 – 5 years old) to promote new growth.
  • Tie back or direct new culms into the cluster (Base-clumps).

Propagate Fargesia scabrida Asian Wonder

There are four ways to propagate bamboo. Propagation by:

  • Seed,
  • Culm and Rhizome Cuttings,
  • Culm-base Separation, or
  • Conventional Branch Layering.

Propagating the Umbrella Bamboo plants by separation is probably the most reliable method in the UK, it gives the best result too.

Most Fargesia bamboo plants, including newly introduced varieties like Scabrida Asian Wonder, are tolerant to pests and diseases in the UK. 

Nevertheless, the new shoots and rhizomes tips are prone to slugs attacks. Slugs love the tender new growths.

When propagating bamboo plants, protect the new growths by adding Slug and Snail Killer. 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

Umbrella Bamboos Fargesia scabrida Asian Wonder and Simba are known to have been in Europe, a fairly recent inclusion to the Fargesia nitida and Fargesia Murielae varieties.

Unsurprisingly, these bamboo plants are growing in popularity and are favourites among many UK gardeners.

Here are 6 umbrella bamboo plants that thrive in the UK, ideal for small spaces, gardens and contained spaces:

  1. Fargesia murielae Simba Umbrella Bamboo
  2. Robusta Campbell Umbrella Bamboo
  3. Fargesia murielae 'Jumbo'
  4. Nitida Obelisk Hybrid Umbrella Bamboo
  5. Fargesia Nitida Winter Joy Fountain Bamboo
  6. Fergasia murielae Standing Stone

Grow Clump-forming Bamboo Plants

Bamboos are amazing plants. They come in various sizes, shapes, colours, and formations.

Although some varieties (Phyllostachys) are invasive, they are easily manageable. Once established, you only have to check on them and enjoy the evergreen plant.

The Fargrsia murielae varieties are non-spreading, form clusters of rigorous stems and are evergreen all year round. They are best for hedges and privacy screens or in small gardens as ornamental plants.

The Umbrella Bamboo thrives in pots and containers, and in small spaces like the terrace and balconies. 

Let us know what your requirements are – we will suggest a bamboo that is right for you based on the qualities and features of the bamboo plants. 

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Fargesia Borinda Angustissima Non-invasive Clumping Bamboo

Fargesia Borinda Angustissima is a highly attractive non-invasive, clump-forming bamboo plant. Its arching culms are covered in beautiful slender green leaves all year round.

Borinda Angustissima is known for its crimson-purple shoots, lime green culms, creamy sheaths and frosty leaves giving it a white powdery appearance. 

Fargesia Angustissima Borinda is a great non-invasive, evergreen, clumping bamboo plant, low maintenance.

Buy Fargesia Angustissima Borinda

We’ve compiled a list of reputable Garden retailers in the UK where you can buy the right bamboo at the right price.

Find out where to buy clumping bamboo plants from the UK Home & Garden retailers online.

Bamboo plants for sale: Crocus and YouGarden

Features

  • Identification: Fargesia murielae Angustissima, Borinda Angustissima, Umbrella Bamboo.
  • Foliage: Green slender leaves.
  • Culm colour: Lime green arching stems.
  • Height: Medium to tall bamboo, 2 - 4m, fast-growing.
  • Spread: 2 – 3, clump-forming, non-spreading bamboo.
  • Uses: Hedge, screen, individual plant, contained spaces.
  • Perennial: 10 -20 years.

Growth requirements

  • Site: Sun to part shade.
  • Soil: loam or sand and clay.
  • Moisture: well-drained moist, do not overwater.
  • Hardiness: - 15 degrees Celsius.
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Grow Borinda Fargesia murielae Angustissima

Fargesia murielae Angustissima (commonly known as Borinda Angustissima) is a stunning Fargesia Umbrella Bamboo with fine narrow leaves, and lime green arching stems covered with white frosty sheaths.

At 2 -4m, Borinda is of medium height compared to the other Umbrella Bamboo cousins. This clump-forming non-invasive bamboo is best for small hedging and privacy screen.

It also grows well in confined spaces, ideal for small gardens, large pots and containers. A fantastic plant for terraces and patios.

Another cousin of Angustissima is the stunning Fargesia Blue Dragon Papyrifera Borinda.

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Nurture Fargesia Borinda Angustissima

Although bamboo plants are tolerant, there is a number of natural threats. Mitigating these early threats is the best thing to do to protect the new growth. So, growing bamboo requires care and protection, especially when they are newly planted.

Here are the common dangers:

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

Protect Borinda Angustissima Bamboo

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

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 for new shoots, or whether the leaves and soil are in good condition.

This clump-forming bamboo loves moist soil, but the root hairs will decay very quickly in waterlogged soil.

Propagate Fargesia Borinda Angustissima

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 conventional ‘Layering’ as the fourth way to propagate large bamboo. 

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

If you are propagating bamboo plants either from the rhizome or culm cuttings or planting a recent purchase, protect the new growths. 

Add Slug and Snail Killer around the new plants, the slugs can wipe off the tender growths if left unprotected.

20+ Fargesia Bamboo Varieties

Fargesia murielae Borinda Angustissima is an Umbrella Bamboo similar to the other Fargesia murielae varieties, but with lime-green stems, and powdery white sheaths with a peculiar frosty appearance.

Here is a unique selection of the other stunning Fargesia murielae Bamboo plants under the Umbrella Bamboo label.

  1. Fargesia Standing Stone
  2. Jumbo Umbrella Bamboo
  3. Fargesia Scabrida Asian Wonder
  4. Murielae Simba Umbrella Bamboo
  5. Robusta Campbell Umbrella Bamboo

Grow Invasive or Non-invasive Bamboo Plants

Bamboos are amazing plants. They come in various sizes, shapes, colours, and formations.

Although some varieties (Phyllostachys) are invasive, they are manageable. 

Many varieties thrive in the UK. We list over 50 running and clump-forming bamboo here.

The Fargesia varieties are clump-forming and non-invasive. They form clusters of rigorous stems and base clumps. 

Fargesia Angustissima Borinda is a great non-invasive, evergreen, clumping bamboo plant, low maintenance.

They are best for hedges and privacy screens, pots and containers or grown as a standalone plant.

Fargesia Bimbo Dwarf Umbrella Bamboo [Clump-forming]

Fargesia murielae Bimbo is a stunning clump-forming ornamental Dwarf Umbrella Bamboo. Fargesia Bimbo has thin green compacted leaves and short stems/canes that form an ‘umbrella’ effect low on the ground. 

Ideal plant for short hedges, screens, small gardens and confined spaces like pots and containers.

This clump-forming bamboo is hardy to – 20 degrees Celsius, tolerates various soil types are winterhardy. It's an outstanding small bamboo to grow as an indoor and outdoor plant.

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Buy Fargesia murielae Bimbo

We’ve compiled a list of reputable Garden retailers in the UK where you can buy the right bamboo at the right price. 

Find out where to buy clumping bamboo plants from the UK Home & Garden retailers online.

Bamboo plants for sale: Crocus and YouGarden

Characteristics Fargesia murielae Bimbo

  • Identification: Fargesia Murielae Bimbo, Muriel’s Bamboo, Umbrella Bamboo
  • Foliage: Thin leaves, evergreen.
  • Stem colour: Dark green stems, reddish colour in sun.
  • Height: 2m at full height, small bamboo
  • Spread: 1.5 – 2m, clump-forming.
  • Use: Small Garden or small contained spaces, front border.
  • Perennial: 10 -20 years.

Bamboo Growth Requirements

  • Site: Sun to part shade and shade.
  • Soil: Well-drained, loam.
  • Moisture: moist, do not overwater.
  • Hardiness: - 20 degrees Celsius, a very hardy bamboo.

Grow Fargesia murielae Bimbo

Fargesia murielae Bimbo, commonly called the Dwarf Umbrella Bamboo, is a dense low-growing bamboo that has dark green leaves and canes.

It is reasonably short at a height of just 2m and spreads the same length.

This non-invasive bamboo prefers well-drained soil and loam. Add mulch when newly planted to preserve soil moisture.

A very hardy bamboo down to – 20 degrees Celsius. 

It is tolerant to sun, part shade and shade. However, the yellowing effect on the canes and greenery of the leaves are prolific in sunny spots. 

So, if you are growing it for architectural or landscaping purposes, choose a location with good sunlight.

Chinese Dwarf Bamboo
Image: Clever ways of using bamboo on sidewalks and as shade plants

Where to Plant Dwarf Bamboo Bimbo

Fargesia Murielae Bimbo is the smallest growing variety of the Fargesia group, though recently introduced, it is becoming popular.

Many gardeners choose this bamboo for its low-growing, compact umbrella appearance and evergreen foliage. 

It is known as the smallest bamboo in the Fargesia Mureilae group.

Bimbo is ideal for pots and containers, small gardens, or grown as an individual plant. This stunning small bamboo provides the low hedging greenery required for small landscaping projects.

If you are looking for a small bamboo, Bamboo Bimbo is the best option.

Maintain Fargesia murielae Bimbo

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

Although these bamboo plants are tolerant, there is a number of natural threats. 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 murielae Bimbo:

  • The new leaves, bamboo shoots and rhizomes tips are susceptible to slug attack.
  • Although low-down, the strong winds damage the tender new canes.
  • Frozen soil damages the exposed root hairs and rhizomes.

Protect Fargesia murielae Bimbo

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

  • Add organic mulch.
  • Apply Slug and Snail Killer around your new bamboo.
  • Tie the canes to poles/stakes to support and encourage upright growth.

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.

Fargesia Bamboo Plants UK

Fargesia murielae Bimbo is an Umbrella Bamboo similar to the other Small Fargesia Bamboo Plants. 

Its best features are the Fargesia  Bimbo

  • low growth,
  • non-invasiveness, 
  • copious amount of leaves and
  • deep-dark green foliage.

A standout bamboo among the small bamboo varieties. Here are Fargesia clump-forming bamboo plants similar to Fargesia Bimbo.

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.

Buy Fargesia Robusta Pingwu

We compiled a list of reputable Home & Garden retailers in the UK where you can buy the right bamboo at the right price. 

Check out the bamboo plants for sale here.

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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.

Fargesia murielae Lava Umbrella Bamboo [Clumping Bamboo]

Fargesia murielae Lava is a small, bushy evergreen Umbrella Bamboo, non-invasive and undemanding. 

Known for its dense and compact arching foliage close to the ground. 

If you want a small bamboo to grow in a contained space or for a low hedge or screen, Fargesia murielae Lava is the best option.

Fargesia murielae Lava Characteristics

  • Identification: Fargesia murielae Lava, Umbrella Bamboo, Small Bamboo Lava.
  • Foliage: Bushy dense green foliage.
  • Culm: Striking yellow-green stem.
  • Height: 2m, small bamboo.
  • Spread: 1 – 2m, does not spread, well-behaved bamboo.
  • Use: Excellent container plant, small hedge or screen, landscape.
  • Perennial: 10 – 20 years.
Grow Fargesia murielae Lava Umbrella Bamboo [Clumping Bamboo]

Bamboo Growth Conditions

  • Site: Full sun to part shade and shade.
  • Soil: Loam, sand and clay.
  • Moisture: Well-drained and moist.
  • Hardiness: (To be updated)

Buy Fargesia Bamboo Plants UK

We’ve compiled a list of the reputable Garden retailers in the UK where you can buy the right bamboo at the right price. 

Click on the link to check out the UK Home & Garden retailers selling clumping bamboo plants.

How to Select Bamboo Fargesia Murielae

Before buying a bamboo plant, check out the features because they will help you to select the bamboo that meets your expectation

The 5 tips below will guide you to select the right Bamboo Fargesia Murielae.

  • Size of your pot/container.
  • Height of your hedge or screen.
  • How far does the bamboo spread?
  • How cold does it get in Winter (see hardiness)?
  • Space or area where you want to plant the bamboo.

Grow Bamboo Fargesia murielae Lava

Fargesia murielae Lava is similar to Fargesia murielae Simba, however, it is smaller, compact and miniature in appearance. Simba is taller by 2 - 3 m than its small cousins.

Fargesia varieties, and especially the murielae bamboos, are less demanding compared to the other Fargesia Robusta group of bamboo plants. 

The small clump-forming bamboo plants like the Fargesia murielae Lava are best for small and contained spaces

They are brilliant for creating Tropical effects with their broad and elongated leaves and dense foliage. 

Lava can grow at a rate of 0.3 to 1.0 metres in a year in the UK. This small bamboo is tough and tolerant of pests and natural threats like wind or snow.

On average, this fast-growing miniature bamboo can reach its full height (of ~2m) in 3 - 5 years. 

After that, it will remain evergreen for an estimated 10 – 20 years under the right growing conditions and care.

Uses of Bamboo Fargesia murielae Lava

This clump-forming non-invasive (small) bamboo is the best choice for small hedges and screens. Fargesia murielae Lava thrives as pot plants and indoor container plants. 

Bamboo Lava adapts well to confined spaces. One reason why it makes a good container plant is its compact ‘Umbrella’ effect. Stunning in Summer.

Another reason for this non-invasive Umbrella Bamboo is the eye-catching contrasting colours. 

In fact, the broad dark green leaves and arching branches and slender yellow-green culms make it the best choice for small bamboo.

Here are some tips to grow this small plant indoor.

Maintain Bamboo Fargesia murielae Lava

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. Something to avoid if you are growing a new bamboo plant. 

Propagate Fargesia murielae Lava

There are three ways to propagate bamboo plants from the seeds, or by culm and rhizome cuttings, or culm separation.

Some bamboo growers 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.

We give a detailed insight into different methods of propagating bamboo plants in this video.

Fargesia murielae Lava Small Umbrella Bamboo

Fargesia murielae Lava is an Umbrella Bamboo that stands out from the other small Umbrella Bamboo we feature in Garden Bamboo Plants (GBP).

Identifiably, Bamboo Lava’s best features are its yellow-green small stems, compact foliage and low and low hanging branches.

If you want to give a small compact space (or undergrowth or front hedge) a serene tropical look, this small bamboo will do the job.

Bambusa textilis Gracilis Weaver’s Bamboo Spec and Info

Slender Weaver’s Bamboo (Bambusa textilis gracilis)  is commonly called the Weaver’s bamboo. 

This clumping bamboo is tall, slender, upright, and thin-walled; a specimen of non-invasive bamboo. 

It can grow to 10 metres in height, ideal for garden hedges, privacy screens and large heavy-duty pots. 
Bambusa textilis gracilis is a standout bamboo plant to grow outdoors, or in pots and containers.

 

Quick facts

  • Identification: Weaver's bamboo 'Gracilis', Bambusa textilis var. gracilis, Weaver's bamboo, Graceful weaver's bamboo.
  • Foliage: Evergreen dense foliage.
  • Culm: Tall upright slender bamboo.
  • Height: 9 – 10m, tall/large bamboo
  • Spread: 3 – 4m clump-forming
  • Use: Privacy screens, garden hedging, containers, oriental garden, individual plant, landscaping
  • Perennial: 20 years.

Bamboo growth requirements

  • Site: Full sun to part shade.
  • Soil: loamy, sand and clay.
  • Moisture: Well-drained and moist.
  • Hardiness: – 10 to – 4 degrees Celsius, UK H4 hardy.
Check out the list of UK Home and Garden retailers that sell bamboo plants.

Varieties of Bambusa textilis 'Gracilis' cultivars

The distinct variations among the Bambusa textilis cultivars make it easy to tell them apart. 

First, let’s take a look at the 5 common Bambusa textilis 'Gracilis' cultivars. 

Slender Weaver’s Gracilis Bamboo (Bambusa textilis var. gracilis): 

This is the common Weavers’ Bamboo in the Bambusa gracilis group. Its desirable slender and clump-forming nature makes it a preferred choice for tall privacy screens and garden hedging. 

Emerald Bamboo (Bambusa textilis 'mutabilis'): 

A stunning upright bamboo with a spectacular blueish white appearance, quite a rare bamboo. 

The name ‘emerald’ is fitting for its light-yellow elongated culms, slim green leaves and graceful foliage. 

Bambusa textilis ‘Kanapaha’: 

Commonly called Wang Chuk meaning Royal Bamboo. This Timber Bamboo is a giant of the Bambusa textilis group. 

It can reach a height of 15 – 20 metres at maturity. 

Bambusa textilis ‘RG Dwarf’ (Weaver's Bamboo Dwarf): 

Do not be fooled by the name, Weaver's Bamboo Dwarf can grow to 5 metres in height. 

Compared to the other Dwarf Bamboos the Weaver's Bamboo is tall. 

The Weaver's Bamboo Dwarf is a Tropical bamboo variety that requires high humidity, fertile soil, and high moisture and grows well in confined spaces – an ideal indoor dwarf bamboo plant. 

Bambusa textilis 'Maculata': 

Slender and erect bamboo, very similar to Gracilis. It is an excellent bamboo for small yards and tight spaces. 

The culms are slightly further apart at the base, unlike the Slender Weaver’s Bamboo.

How to grow slender Weaver’s bamboo textilis

There are several ways to grow bamboo, it depends on how much time you have and what propagation method suit you. 

Here are the three reliable (and quick) ways to grow large clumping bamboos are:
  1. Clump separation or division;
  2. Culm cuttings; or
  3. Nursery bamboo textilis plants.

Firstly, growing the slender Weaver’s Bamboo from clump separation is probably the quickest way to propagate bamboo. 

If you have an old bamboo grove, you can take the divisions and plant them straight into the ground. 

Secondly, propagation by stem cuttings is another effective way to grow large bamboo such as the Bambusa textiles and Bambusa tuloides varieties. 

But, you have to propagate the cuttings in the propagating medium before transplanting them into large pots or into the ground. 

And thirdly, buying the Slender Weaver’s bamboo from nursery and growing it is probably the quickest get a new plant. 

You do not have to worry about the propagation period. 
Here are some UK home and garden retailers where you can get your bamboo plants, supplies and accessories from.

Qualities and features of slender Weaver’s bamboo plants

The Slender Weaver’s Bamboo, Bambusa textilis, is clump-forming, hardy, evergreen with slender, green to yellow culms and slightly arching stems. 

This bamboo produces many canes that are very closely spaced and have dense foliage. Since the slender Weaver’s Bamboo grows tall, it does not prefer sites where there are strong winds. 

Plant it in protected sites or away from the wind. 

For example, it will grow very tall if it grows under tall pines or other deciduous trees. 
In an ideal case, grow the slender Weaver’s bamboo to block any tall unsightly features next door.

Uses of slender Weaver’s bamboo

This clump-forming non-invasive bamboo is the best choice for tall and thick garden hedges and privacy screens

In fact, the thick green leaves, arching evergreen foliage and tall (upright dense) culms make this bamboo the best choice for tall covers. 

It is also an ideal bamboo for large pots and containers. One reason why it makes a good container plant is its compact (clumping) nature. It adapts well to confined spaces. 
Another reason this bamboo is ideal for pots and containers is that it will *not* grow to its full height when planted in pots, however, it will still give admirable stem colourations, slender culms and evergreen foliage. 
Also, if you want to grow a Bambusa textilis in pots and containers, the best option is Bambusa textilis ‘RG Dwarf’ (the Weaver's Bamboo Dwarf) or Buddah's Belly Bamboo (Bambusa tuldoides Ventricosa).

How to care for your slender Weaver’s bamboo?

Although the slender Weaver’s bamboo plants are tolerant to pests and variable soil conditions, there is a number of natural threats growers should be mindful of, such as slugs’ attacks and wind. 

Slugs' attack on bamboo plants is a common occurrence, they adore the new shoots and leaves. 

Protect the new growth, especially in Spring and Summer when the new growths are prominent, by applying Slug and Snail Killer. 

Ominously, the Weaver’s Bamboo is tall. Its new culms will have several internodes before putting out branches and leaves, therefore, the culms are susceptible to wind. 

Stake the new culms to protect them from swaying and breaking.

General care for bamboo plants

Generally, the running- and clump-forming bamboos love moist soil but do not like too much water. 

The newly planted bamboo plants will thrive in well-aerated loam, or sand and loose clay soil. So, make sure that the soil remains well-drained and aerated. 

In addition, the older plants will require fertiliser and mulch, 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. 

For healthy bamboo plants, do these:
  • Apply Slug and Snail Killer around your new bamboo.
  • Add organic mulch.
  • Tie the culms to bamboo sticks/stakes.
  • Add NPK fertilizers.
  • Trim old culms to promote new growths.
The Slender Weaver’s Bamboo textilis is a formidable plant for garden hedging and privacy screens. 

Differences between Bambusa textile ‘Gracilis’ and Bambusa tuldoides

Many bamboo enthusiasts, growers and homeowners, especially in the US, UK and Australia, have difficulty identifying the two bamboo plants.


However, there are reliable differences that you can use to identify the Slender Weaver’s Bamboo textilis from the more obvious Bambusa tuloides.

You do not have to wait until the bamboo are fully grown to tell them apart.

You can get more details about these two bamboo plants here.

Reliable differences between Bambusa textile ‘Gracilis’ and Bambusa tuldoides

Culm length Bamboo: 

Gracilis had elongated slender culms, whereas Bambusa Tuloides culms are relatively short and rounded around the nodes. One of the common Bambusa Tuloides bamboo plants is the Buddah's Belly Bamboo (Bambusa tuldoides Ventricosa)

Culm thickness: 

This is probably the most reliable difference, one is thinned-walled and the other is thick-walled. 

If you cut the culms, you’ll see that the cross-section of Bambusa textilis is thin whereas Bambusa tuloides are thick.

Bud & Branch

Bambusa textilis tends to have buds and branches high up the culms whereas Bambusa Tuloides will often have branches at the first node off the ground.

Culm sheath/auricle: 

Auricle (the point where a leaf meets the sheath) is a good part of the bamboo plant to identify the young Bambusa textilis from Bambusa tuloides

Though this is quite technical, it can be helpful. 

The auricle of the Bambusa textilis is asymmetric which simply means that the cross-sections are NOT identical. 

Whereas the cross-sections of the auricle of a Bambusa textilis are prominently symmetrical.


What's more, if you've inherited Bambusa textile ‘Gracilis’ or Bambusa tuldoides, you can use the differences to identify these two Bambusa plants.

Fargesia Papyrifera 'Blue Dragon' Bamboo Plants

Fargesia ‘Blue Dragon’ (Fargesia papyrifera Borinda) is known for its stunning stem colouration. 

Blue Dragon’s whitish-blue culms can reach a full height of 5m to 7m. 

The borinda bamboo family are ideal for natural privacy screens or as an ornamental garden feature.

Fargesia Papyrifera 'Blue Dragon' Bamboo Plants

Quick facts

  • Identification: Fargesia papyrifera ‘Blue Dragon’, Borinda ‘Blue Dragon’, Borinda Papyrifera.
  •  Foliage: Evergreen bushy foliage.
  • Culm/sheath: Tall, thick, powdery whitish-blue culms and large brown sheath.
  • Height: 4 – 7m, upright.
  • Spread: 3 – 4m, clump-forming.
  • Use: specimen, containers, oriental garden, individual plant, landscaping.
Find out where to buy clumping bamboo plants in the UK.

Growth requirements

  • Site: Shade to full sun.
  • Soil: loam (equal amounts of sand, clay, silt) or loam-based composts.
  • Moisture: Well-drained and moist.
  • Hardiness: –15 to – 10 degrees Celsius, UK H5 hardy.

What are the other Borinda clumping bamboo cultivars?

There are several varieties of Borinda clumping bamboo cultivators. They are clumping umbrella bamboo, non-invasive, upright with evergreen foliage. 
The ‘Blue Dragon’ (or Blue Stem Bamboo) is a stunning ornamental bamboo plant.
The Blue Stem Bamboo was introduced in 2015. Many of them are recently introduced cultivars in the UK. 

They are hardy, vigorous and tolerant plants.

Blue Bamboo Plant Cultivars

There are several Fargesia Borinda varieties that are thriving in the UK. Here are the three that you can find online or at your local garden centre:
  • Fargesia 'Blue Dragon' (Fargesia papyrifera Borinda)
  • Frost Bamboo (Fargesia Borinda Angustissima).
  • Chocolate Bamboo (Borinda fungosa).
  • Borinda yunnanensis (Fargesia yunnanensis)
Check out the bamboo collections at Thomson & Morgan UK.

Standout features of Fargesia Borinda bamboo plants

The four Fargesia Borinda bamboos have stunning features from the new shoots to culm colours, sheets and leaves. 

These clump-formers are prominent in the US and Australia where there are pronominally seen in feature gardens and landscaping. 

They also add splashes of different colours to the backyard garden and outdoor areas. 

Fargesia papyrifera Borinda: 

The 'Blue Dragon' Papyrifera Borinda is a clumping umbrella bamboo, also called the ‘Blue Dragon’ after its spectacular blue culms. 

It is a tall upright bamboo that will eventually arch under the weight of the shiny green leaves. A great ornamental plant. 

Fargesia Borinda Angustissima: 

Borinda Angustissima is probably the common Fargesia Borinda bamboo in the UK. 

Angsutissima is known for its crimson-purple shoots, lime green culms, creamy sheaths and frosty leaves giving it a white powdery appearance. 

Fantastic as an individual plant or in rows as a privacy screen and hedge. 

Fargesia Borinda Angustissima Bamboo UK
 The 'Frosty Bamboo'
 

Borinda fungosa: 

This clumping bamboo is a standout due to its burgundy-red culms. 

It has large slender leaves that closely resemble the leaves of Fargesia yunnanensis. 

Both bamboo fungosa and yunnanensis have beautiful leaf patterns. The leaves tend to form a full, lush screen perfect for small outdoor spaces. 

Fargesia yunnanensis: 

This fountain bamboo has peculiar purple-pink sheaths, and the young foliage has hair-like nodes. 

The leaves of bamboo Fargesia yunnanensis and Borinda fungosa are similar.

You must pay close attention to the sheath, culms and shoots to tell them apart. They are perfect for small outdoor spaces, or pots and containers. 

How to grow Fargesia papyrifera ‘Blue Dragon’?

Growing the Fargesia papyrifera ‘Blue Dragon’ from clump separation is probably the quickest way. 

Propagation by stem cuttings is another effective way to grow the ‘Blue Dragon’. However, you have to propagate the cuttings in a propagating medium before transplanting them. 

Growing these spectacular specimen bamboos requires care and attention to get them off to a good start. But, as mentioned, the Fargesia Borinda family are quite recently cultivars in the UK. 

Therefore, you may have difficulty finding a ‘Blue Dragon’ grove near you. 

If you cannot get a plant at your local nursery or garden centre, check online.

Where to buy bamboos in the UK?

We list the suppliers of bamboo plants, here

They are renowned UK Gardens Shops where you can get your bamboo plants, supplies and accessories from.

Uses of Fargesia papyrifera ‘Blue Dragon’

This clump-forming bamboo is the best choice for tall garden hedges and privacy screens. 

In fact, the thick green leaves, arching evergreen foliage and upright dense culms are the best choices for tall covers. It is also an ideal bamboo for large pots and containers. 

One reason why it makes a good container plant is its compact (clumping) nature. 

It adapts well to confined spaces. 'Blue Dragon will grow to its full height when planted in pots and it will still give the admirable stem colourations, slender culms and evergreen foliage. 

In addition, if you want to grow a Fargesia Borinda in pots and containers, the best option is Fargesia Borinda Angustissima.

How to care for your Fargesia ‘Blue Dragon’?

Fargesia papyrifera ‘Blue Dragon’ plants are tolerant to pests and variable soil conditions. 

But, be mindful of slugs’ attacking the new growths. Protect the new growth, especially in Spring and Summer when the new growths are prominent, by applying Slug and Snail Killer. 

The ‘Blue Dragon’ is tall. This bamboo, like the tall bamboo plants, is susceptible to wind. 

Stake the new culms to protect them from swaying and breaking.

General care for bamboo plants

Generally, the running and clumping bamboos love moist soil, but they do not like waterlogged areas. 

Newly planted bamboo plants will thrive in well-aerated loam, or sand and loose clay soil. So, make sure that the soil remains well-drained and aerated.

Also, the older plants will require fertiliser and mulch, 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.
For healthy bamboo plants, do these:
  • Apply Slug and Snail Killer around your new bamboo.
  • Add organic mulch.
  • Tie the culms to bamboo sticks/stakes.
  • Add NPK fertilizers.
  • Trim old culms to promote new growths.
More info on bamboo care

Finally, the Fargesia ‘Blue Dragon’ and three other Fargesia Borinda bamboo plants are stunning plants. 

The clump-forming bamboo plants are recent cultivars hand have outstanding colourations and features.