Fargesia nitida ‘Gansu 2’


Fargesia nitida ‘Gansu 2’ is a beautiful bamboo plant that is perfect for adding a tropical touch to your garden. This plant is hardy and easy to care for, making it a great choice for both experienced and novice gardeners.

Its arching stems are adorned with bright green foliage that provides a stunning contrast to its dark brown canes. It is also fast-growing and can reach heights of up to 10 feet, making it an ideal choice for creating a privacy screen or adding a touch of greenery to your outdoor space.


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Origin: China, Gansu province
Genus: Fargesia
Species / Cultivar: nitida var. 'Gansu 2'

Plant Biography

A recent discovery from China, the Fargesia nitida ‘Gansu 2’ is the second cultivar of Gansu discovered in the Gansu province. Building on it’s original species, F.nitida, the ‘Gansu 2’ has a slender habit, with narrow smooth to the touch leaves.

It evolved primarily as an understory plant in mountainous forests, growing under pines on slopes and along stream banks, where it can receive the large amount of water it requires.

Fargesia nitida 'Gansu 2'
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
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: 1.5 - 2.0m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Compared to other species of bamboo, the Fargesia nitida ‘Gansu 2’ would thrive in a part shaded position, rather than full sun. Its origins, in the understory of alpine forests, point to this fact.

It is perfectly suited to grow in a container, and it does not mind being slightly pot bound. The shallow root system will benefit from having mulch applied to keep moisture in the ground.

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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