Fargesia robusta

robust bamboo

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Outstanding Qualities

Fargesia robusta is a graceful clumping bamboo with shiny deep olive-green leaves. Its white-colored cane sheaths against the newly-developing green shoots, is dramatically ornamental. Fargesia robusta is appropriately named, with its robust - yet non-invasive growth habit. This Fargesia is able to withstand cold winters and windy conditions showing minimal leaf stress. Fountain bamboo grows well in sun or shade, making it a very useful plant for the landscape. In hotter areas Fargesia robusta prefers shade during the hottest part of the day. The Pacific Northwest is similar to its native climate of forest covered mountains. It matures to about 15 feet tall and sends up two crops of new shoots in a single growing season. The first occurs in early spring, its second flush (though much smaller), arrives in August through September.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: clumping bamboo

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 17 ft. 0 in. (5.18 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 17 ft. 0 in. (5.18 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: gold, burgundy, blue, burgundy

Great Color Partners: white, 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.