Fargesia nitida ‘Obelisk’
Fargesia ‘Obelisk’ is an attractive clumping bamboo, reaching heights of 3-4 metres. With its dense foliage and upright growth, it’s a popular choice for privacy screens and ornamental use.
Fantastically cold hardy, it thrives in part shade given ample irrigation and shelter from strong winds.
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Fargesia nitida x murielae ‘Obelisk’ is a very recent addition to the long list of hybrids of Fargesia. Introduced in 2005 alongside the Viking and Volcano varieties, Obelisk is the product of crossing F.nitida and F.murielae which happened to flower at the same time. As one of the standout hybrids produced by this cross, F. ‘Obelisk’ displays dense foliage and graceful form, and as such, ‘Obelisk’ quickly gained popularity as a versatile and non-invasive bamboo option.
Whether used as a standalone focal point, a privacy screen, or part of a lush green landscape, Fargesia ‘Obelisk’ is sure to impress with its stunning appearance and easy-going nature. Gardeners and landscape enthusiasts alike find it a delightful addition to their outdoor spaces.
Care & Size Guidance
Fargesia ‘Obelisk’ prefers partial shade to full sun. It can tolerate some shade, but for optimal growth and density, provide it with at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight each day. It thrives in well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Ensure the soil is moist but not waterlogged, as excessive waterlogging can lead to root rot.
Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of the plant to help retain moisture, regulate soil temperature, and suppress weed growth. Ensure the mulch is not in direct contact with the bamboo’s stems to prevent potential rotting.
Fargesia nitida x murielae ‘Obelisk’ is a clumping bamboo and does not spread aggressively like running bamboos. However, if you wish to contain its growth, consider installing a root barrier around the planting area.
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.