Fargesia angustissima

Narrow leaf bamboo

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This delightful bamboo from Central China is clump forming and well behaved, with thick culms (canes) in a variety of colours from fresh green to cinnamon brown.

Fargesia angustissima’s tall canes arch over attractively at the top and present a lovely scene dipping and nodding in the wind.

Origin: Sichuan province, China
Genus: Fargesia
Species / Cultivar: angustissima
Common Name: Narrow leaf bamboo
Synonym: Borinda angustissima

Plant Biography

Originally known as Borinda angustissima, this is one of a number of elegant bamboos that has earned a place in UK gardens. It grows up to 4-7 metres tall so choose its planting site with care.

In good conditions it will grow canes up to an inch in diameter and this, together with the cane colour and pretty leaf shape justify its increasing popularity.

Fargesia angustissima
Soil: Moisture Retaining
Soil that drains at a slower rate due to higher organic matter content.
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: Full Sun to Part Shade
Enjoys direct sun most of the day, but tolerant of fewer sunlit hours or light dappling.
Eventual Height: 5.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1.2m
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.

Expert Tip

Although well-behaved, the use of root barrier is recommended to keep it controlled.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Fargesia angustissima grows quite tall but may be controlled by judicious trimming. It is quite dense and so is excellent as a barrier or hedge.

That said, it will benefit from a somewhat protected position as it is less wind tolerant than some other bamboos.

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