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Fargesia robusta 'Wolong'

A large, slow-growing, clump-forming, non-invasive evergreen bamboo with an arching habit and young stems that are covered in a red and purple hairy sheath which peel off as they mature. Young leaf shoots keep their red/purple colouring for the first year or two. Large glossy green foliage provides an ideal screen and jungle-style feel. Great for pots and containers too

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Red Purple Brown Green
Summer Red Purple Brown Green
Autumn Red Purple Brown Green
Winter Red Purple Brown Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or North–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Poaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Fargesia are compact, densely clump-forming evergreen bamboos with slender arching canes and several small branches at each node bearing copious narrow leaves

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, moisture retentive soil in full sun or partial shade. See bamboo cultivation for further advice

Propagation

Propagate by division or take cuttings of sections of young rhizomes in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Mediterranean climate plants
  • Patio and container plants
  • Low Maintenance
  • Hedging and screens
Pruning

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

Pests

May be susceptible to damage from slugs on new growth

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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