Fargesia demissa ‘Gerry’


A recent addition to cultivation, the Fargesia demissa ‘Gerry’ is a striking upright bamboo with dark purple, almost black, canes and a delicate foliage, making it perfect as a focal point for smaller gardens and container planting.

In spring new canes emerge white-powdery or pastel blue, getting darker as they mature.


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Origin: Gansu province, China
Genus: Fargesia
Species / Cultivar: demissa var. 'Gerry'

Plant Biography

Fargesia demissa ‘Gerry’ is a recent introduction to cultivation from China, via the Kimmei nursery in The Netherlands. It’s thought to be the northern-mist species of Fargesia and proven to be fairly hardy compared to other members of the family.

It grows as a sparse clump, as opposed to other Fargesia species which will grow dense clumps, almost like a hedge. This makes the Fargesia demissa ‘Gerry’ a better choice for a specimen plant in a planter or to create a miniature grove.

Like all other Fargesia, it will lose more than a quarter of its leaves in winter.

Based on notes from original collections, we also believe F. demissa to a be new generation of seedlings, meaning that flowering is unlikely for several decades.

Fargesia demissa 'Gerry'
Soil: Well drained
Soil that does not show much signs of moisture, either visibly or when handled.
Growth Rate: Fast
Expect to see prolific growth, especially during growing season.
Water Requirement: High
Likely to require supplementary watering in warmer months, even once established.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Part Shade
Enjoys several hours of direct sunlight but may enjoy dappling or shade at midday.
Eventual Height: 2.5 - 3.0m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1.5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Lifecycle: Perennial
This plant is persistant and does not die off after flowering. It will return each season indefinitely, if provided with suitable growing conditions.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Fargesia demissa ‘Gerry’ is an ideal plant for semi-shaded gardens, sheltered from afternoon sun and strong winds. Even though is a bamboo, it does not tolerate high heat and humidity. The leaves curl in strong sunlight for protection, but otherwise have a lush blue/green colour and airy arrangement.

Plant in moist soils with very good drainage in partial shade.

Feeding Fargesia plants

All bamboo plants are heavy feeders and periodic application of fertiliser is highly recommended to keep the plants thriving.

Feed with slow release bamboo fertiliser twice a year to encourage strong healthy plants.


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