The Fargesia nitida bamboo is an elegant forming a compact clump of erect to arching, purple-flushed green canes to 2 m high, with slender dark green leaves. This bamboo is clump forming and non invasive, can take full sun. 3 litre pots £22.50.
In the twenty century Fargesia nitida and murieliae were the only two Fargesias varieties available in this country. They were perfect for small gardens, giving the touch of the oriental ambiance, clump forming, evergreen and non-invasive, suitable to be planted as a hedge, in large pots or as a specimen planted out.
Bamboo itself has a hidden nick name called ‘Century‘ plant as it due to flower once in a century, a building DNA stimulates other bamboo of same genre to flower around the world at the same period, after years of seed production most mother plant will die. In the nineteen nineties both types of Fargesia entered their flowering period at the same time this produced over the years an abundance and high excess of seedlings in their native China. To replenish the dying stock of Fargesia, collectors, Nursery men and Botanist flooded to China collecting seedlings by the thousands.
Over the years the Fargesia off spring showed a high number of variation with lots of inferior inbred plants. Twenty years on, Dutch plant breeders where able to produce artificial crosses between Fargesia and different clones of nitida to produce some extremely beautiful hybrids.