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PlantFiles: Hardy Bamboo
Fargesia rufa

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Fargesia (far-GHEE-zee-uh) (Info)
Species: rufa (ROO-fuh) (Info)

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

13 members have or want this plant for trade.

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

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Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive

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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

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3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Lodewijkp On May 2, 2013, Lodewijkp from Zwolle
Netherlands (Zone 7a) wrote:

I grow it indoors, this one does not need a resting period like most people think it need - it needs a bit colder temps in winter but 15 C / 18 C is sufficient. When grown indoors it needs partial shade - give it a few hours of sunlight ( 3 or 4 ) a day but never put it in direct scorching sunlight - avoid midday sun.

i grow alot of plants indoors so my air humidity is good, but this bamboo seems to tolerate indoor dry air better than other bamboo species. It does need alot of water - don't let it stand in a tray with filled with water but do water it daily or once every day or 2 if you can. if it is too dry it will curl it's leaves but they don't fall off as quick unlike other bamboos- they still recover, Can take more cold than most people think , probably around -20 C but it needs to be planted with care in the right season so it can develop it root system.

unlike other clump bamboo this one can be grown in small containers it tolerates lots of root constriction. it also needs more water than your regular bamboo - only plant it in full sun if you have the right site with high water retentive soil.

indoors this bamboo looks way too good - it grows more tall leafless culms with the leaf growth in the canopy just like papyrus. this is already my favorite architectural plant i like it's spreading/tall growing habit. it just looks great when the evening sunlight shines through this plant creating beautiful shadow silhouettes on the wallpaper.

reliable indoor plant without any pests , if you can provide the moisture. do grow it in square pots , it just look better in square shaped pots.

Positive canadianplant On May 30, 2010, canadianplant from thunder bay
Canada (Zone 4b) wrote:

Planted June 09. ITs in an area that gets full sun in the winter and early spring, then as the sun gets hotter, the hedge ( Siberian PeaShrub) gives it dappled or ( open ) shade. ITs protected from the north winds by a fence. IT only put out 2 fall culms, and was subjected to about -10C before i buried it fully under leaves, and 2 layers of plastic.

I uncovered it in early March, it came out a bit wet, but FULLY green and foliated, with the loss of only one leaf.

I posted a pic, and you can see all the new culms it shot , just within this week.

This has givin me the bamboo bug, and I ordered a few more species ( pseudosasa, and Phyllostachys) this year, and will always be looking fer more Fargesia Rufa, and any other from this genera.

Lots of descriptions ive read say it can take full sun, which I dissagree with. IT will do better in only early morning, and evening sun. The best place is underneeth a large tree, or forested section. The leaves tend to curl a bit even in april sun here ( NW ontario). My plant is a "pure" specimin, cloned by tissue culture, and selected fer its look. ITs actualy name is "Fargesia Rufa "Green Panda"". Im assuming "green panda" is the name for all the cones from the initial " perfect" Fargesia Rufa.

It comes from higher elevations in south west China, and is said to be hardy to zone 5 unprotected. IT seems to like cooler temps. My guess is, the hotter the climate, the more shade it may need. In my opinion would be one of the best choices for the pacific northwest regions, or British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. It would probably love the climate of the Maritimes.

The best part of it, is that Rufa is a clumping bamboo. And very tightly so, shooting within the initial clump, with one mabey a half inch away. They also shoot a few culms in the early fall ( september here).

Mine took some suprise freezing rain, with MINIMAL leaf burn. Seems to be very tough and prolific. A MUST for any plant lover, or gardener. The only negative is, youll be wanting more specimins, and will probably give you a craving for more types of bamboo!!

Positive mcgerm On Mar 29, 2010, mcgerm from Galesburg, MI wrote:

It made it through its third Michigan winter.

It has more winter burn than last year on some leaves, but otherwise no other damage than a few clums chopped off by the snow blower. The killed leaves were shed in the spring (2011) and were replaced with new green growth from the existing cane.

This thing really took off last summer. This spring (2011) I chopped it into 4 massive chunks I gave two away, and replanted the other two in locations where they will have better room to grow.

Neutral cngodles On May 9, 2006, cngodles from Leechburg, PA (Zone 5b) wrote:

Just obtained this on May 7th, 2006. Pictures coming soon.

Neutral ocimum_nate On Jun 19, 2005, ocimum_nate from American Fork, UT (Zone 5a) wrote:

I just got this bamboo, it is a clump forming bamboo that is tolerant of wind. The stems are to .5 inches in diameter. Hope to get a picture up soon.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Prospect, Kentucky
Galesburg, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Leechburg, Pennsylvania
Sumter, South Carolina
American Fork, Utah
Mountlake Terrace, Washington
Vancouver, Washington

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