Fargesia murielae

umbrella bamboo

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Outstanding Qualities

This lovely and graceful non-aggressive clumping bamboo provides the beauty of these hardy ornamental grasses without the fear of them taking over your garden. Thin delicate stems shoot up quickly to 8 to 12 feet tall in early summer with older canes elegantly arching out forming a broad vase shape. The small and thin evergreen leaves are bright green and dance in the slightest breeze. It is an excellent choice for screening and will grow well in a large container. The large leaves of Fatsia japonica or Acanthus contrast well with the fine foliage. Use among perennials or in woodland gardens for and interesting and unexpected texture.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: clumping bamboo

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 9

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to dappled shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering during prolonged dry periods

Resistant to: deer

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: variegated, blue, gold, burgundy

Great Color Partners: dark green, silver

Culture Notes
This clumping bamboo grows best in rich moist to well-drained soils. It will tolerate sand or clay if drainage is adequate. Plant it in full sun to dappled shade avoiding hot locations that can cause the foliage to wither in dry weather. Occasionally, bamboo mite can be a problem. Pruning to the ground in late winter and removing fallen foliage will help reduce this pest. Purchasing plants free of this pest is the best way to avoid an infestation.