• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Yushania anceps

Indian fountain bamboo

  • Other common names Indian fountain bamboo
    anceps bamboo

  • Synonyms Sinarundinaria jaunsarensis
    Arundinaria jaunsarensis

    Yushania jaunsarensis
    Chimonobambusa jaunsarensis
    Arundinaria anceps
    Sinarundinaria anceps

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  • Family Poaceae

  • Genus Yushania are tall, evergreen bamboos of open, clumping habit but with rhizomes and spreading in favourable conditions. Forms large colonies of erect stems bearing narrow leaves

  • Details Y. anceps is a vigorous, spreading bamboo, 3-3.5m high or more, with very upright, glossy, dark green canes and drooping branches bearing narrowly lance-shaped leaves, to 15cm in length

  • Plant range W Nepal & India


  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Suckering

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or East-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Loam


  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height 2.5-4 metres

  • Ultimate spread 4-8 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained or damp soil in partial shade, or full sun where soil stays damp in spring and summer. A rampant species, the creeping rootstock can become spread rapidly in warm, moist or favourable conditions and need restraining; see bamboo control and bamboo cultivation

Propagation Propagate from rhizome cuttings or by the division of established plants in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types Hedging & Screens Architectural

How to care

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 Slugs may damage new shoots

Diseases Generally disease free

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