Blue Fountain Bamboo (Fargesia nitida)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Plant Height: 8 to 13 feet
Plant Spread: about 4 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Broadleaf
Flowers: Other: many bamboos die after flowering, don't allow
Uses: Provides winter interest
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Wind

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Location: Santa Cruz Mountains, CaliforniaDate: 2015-03-03
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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-03-28full-grown shrub
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Location: Prague Botanic Garden - TrojaPhoto courtesy of: Ivo Antusek
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Location: Prague Botanic Garden - TrojaDate: 2009-04-27Photo courtesy of: Ivo Antusek
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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-04-12mature plant
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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-04-12foliage
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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-05-06winter kill damage in January 2019 about 0 degrees F
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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-03-28bottom of shrub with culms (canes)
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on May 9, 2019 8:52 AM

My biggest customer with a half acre of over 250 species of plants, about 2/3rds as perennials, has had one of these bamboos for about 15 years in her side yard in part-shade. It is a clump species from China that does not spread by runners or rhizomes. It has very slender culms (canes) about 0.6 inches in diameter that are of green to yellow colour. The foliage is fine-textured of small, thin leaves. It is supposed to be good to Zone 5a, but in early January 2019 there was a very sudden blast of artic air that brought the night temperature down to about -2 degrees F and the plant had great die back, but it is slowly coming back. This temperate climate bamboo is a good one that will not cause trouble by spreading wildly. There are several online bamboo nursery sites and a few specialty mail order nurseries that sell bamboo species, including this one.

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