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Fargesia nitida

Chinese fountain bamboo

F. nitida is an elegant bamboo forming a compact clump of erect to arching, purple-flushed green canes to 4m high, with slender leaves to 9cm in length and dark green

Other common names
fountain bamboo
Synonyms
Semiarundinaria nitida
Arundinaria nitida
see moreSinarundinaria nitida
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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, Poorly–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Purple Green
Summer Green Purple Green
Autumn Green Purple Green
Winter Green Purple Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

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

Exposure
Exposed or 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

Correct

Plant range
N China

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, moisture retentive soil in partial or light dappled shade with shelter from cold, dry winds. In a container grow in a loam-based compost and feed with a balanced liquid fertiliser on a monthly basis during the growing season

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
  • Patio and container plants
  • 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 - see bamboo cultivation

Pests

Slugs may damage new shoots

Diseases

Generally disease free

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