Fargesia nitida ‘Winter Joy’

Umbrella bamboo


A stunning new introduction to cultivation, this hybrid between Fargesia nitida and Fargesia murielae is an ideal plant for soft screening and planter cultivation. As its name suggests, it can be enjoyed year round as it’s one of the more cold tolerant of its family.


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Origin: cultivar of horticultural origin
Genus: Fargesia
Species / Cultivar: murielae x nitida var. Winter Joy
Common Name: Umbrella bamboo

Plant Biography

The Fargesia nitida x murielae ‘Winter Joy’ is a very recent addition to the long list of hybrids of Fargesia. Introduced in 2005 alongside Viking and Obelisk varieties, the Winter Joy is the product of crossing the F.nitida and F.murielae which happened to flower at the same time.

As bamboo flowers only when it matures, after tens of years, this variety is here to stay.

Fargesia nitida 'Winter Joy'
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: Full Sun to Part Shade
Enjoys direct sun most of the day, but tolerant of fewer sunlit hours or light dappling.
Eventual Height: 3.0 - 4.0m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 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.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

The Fargesia “Winter Joy” 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 hrives 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 ‘Winter Joy’ 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.

Expert Tip

Fargesia nitida x murielae 'Winter Joy' is known for its remarkable ability to withstand cold winter temperatures. This bamboo hybrid is particularly cold-hardy, withstanding temperatures as low as -20 degrees Celsius. Its resilience makes it an excellent choice for gardens and landscapes in regions with harsh winter climates, where other bamboo species may struggle to survive.

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.

1 customer review for Fargesia nitida ‘Winter Joy’

Delivered on time, amazing packaging and perfect undamaged plants. IÂ’ve now planted them and, although a bit late in the season, they should be happy in the ground.

Kate Berry