Hardy Bamboo

Fargesia rufa

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


Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:



Grown for foliage


Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


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


Prospect, Kentucky

Galesburg, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Leechburg, Pennsylvania

Sumter, South Carolina

Van Alstyne, Texas

American Fork, Utah

Mountlake Terrace, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 10, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is a wonderful plant, both beautiful and well-behaved. Unlike most bamboos, which have earned a bad reputation for running aggressively, Fargesia species form clumps which expand only very slowly. This is nowhere a noxious weed or an invasive plant, and no root barriers are needed.

This plant is hardy and evergreen to Z5a, and performs best with protection from afternoon sun. Unlike most bamboos, fargesias prefer light shade, and tolerate heavy shade. They do not perform well in hot summer climates like that of the southeastern US. This clone is said to be more tolerant of heat, full sun, and winter cold than other fargesias. It grows best in rich, evenly moist, well-drained soil.

The habit is gracefully vase-shaped, fountainlike, but more upright than a... read more


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 bu... read more


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.
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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.


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

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


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.