A genus of very hardy, small to medium-sized, clumping mountain bamboos from the cool alpine conifer forests of West and southwest China. These plants generally have thin canes with small leaves. Not recommended for Southeastern states in the US where nighttime summer temperatures remain above 70 F. The Fargesias are generally shade plants, but may tolerate more sun in the S.F. Bay Area when getting ample daily water. These plants shoot in the spring and fall.
(FAD) A hardy mid-sized clumper which forms a dense and tidy “V” shape, has strong solid culms and relatively thick leaves, making it more sun tolerant than many Fargesias. It is great for a very dense screen or evergreen ornamental. It grows best in cooler areas and partial shade, is hardy to 0°F. and grows 8 feet high locally.
(FADG) similar to Fargesia dracocephala but the canes are light green-yellow
(FADR) This versatile and popular new form of Fargesia is more sun and heat tolerant. Unlike most fargesias, this species can handle a full day of sun in N. Cal, which will produce lighter green, shiney leaves. In more shade the leaves will be dark green and shiney. In maturity, it has the characteristic weeping "umbrella" shape, and the culm sheaths and branches are copper colored. Hardy to -5 F.
(FAM) An attractive clumping ornamental frequently used in European gardens, it is hardy to -20 degrees, likes shade, and grows to 15' tall. It is found in China at elevations of 10,000 feet, where it is an important food for the Giant Pandas. Small closely spaced bluish-green culms and delicate foliage create a deeply arching, umbrella-like form. Does not do well in summer heat, especially where nights do not cool down below 70 F. Flowered in 1994 in northern California.
(FAN) Formerly known as Sinarundinaria nitida. A choice ornamental, it grows to 12 feet tall with slender arching branches, forming a fountain shape. Dark purplish culms are covered with a bluish-white powder when young, and leaves are delicate and attractive. Nitida is is exceptionally cold resistant, withstanding -15 degrees, and is probably the most popular bamboo in northern Europe. Several related nitida varieties began flowering in Europe in 2002-2003. Flowering of the basic nitida occurred in N. California in 2003. New seedlings available now.
(FAND) Similar in appearance to the more familiar Fargesia murielae, but the leaves are smaller. The branches are relatively short, allowing the arching culms to stand out individually rather than simply being a part of a foliage mass
(FANJ) New culms turn red when exposed to sun, turning soft orangey yellow with age. Small delicate leaves.
(FARO) A cold hardy weeping clumper with dark green leaves and light green culms that have contrasting persistent culm sheaths which fade to a light white-ish color. It is more vigorous (robust) growing taller faster, and more sun tolerant than many Fargesias. Good as an ornamental clump or screen. Used for small but edible shoots, weaving and walking sticks in China. Does fine in shade and is one of the few Fargesias that can withstand up to a half day afternoon sun in cooler areas. Grown in afternoon sun, it is smaller and more compact.
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