Fargesia robusta ‘Campbell’

Fountain Bamboo

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One of the more robust Fargesia bamboos, known as the Umbrella Bamboo, it features glossy dark green foliage and light green culms. New shoots appear rusty red when they emerge in early spring, slowly fading to a lighter hue, which gives the culms a particularly attractive appearance through spring and early summer.

As the name implies, Fargesia robusta ‘Campbell’ grows faster, more upright, and is more sun tolerant than most Fargesias. As it is clump forming, it is ideal as a screening or hedging plant.

Origin: Wolong Nature Reserve in Sichuan, China
Genus: Fargesia
Species / Cultivar: robusta 'Campbell'
Common Name: Fountain Bamboo
Synonym: Borinda scabrida, Fargesia scabrida

Plant Biography

Native to Sichuan in China, Umbrella Bamboo is of great importance in its native range as it is a food source for the giant panda.

Fargesia robusta is a perrenial, and one of the earliest bamboos to shoot in spring.

The ‘Campbell’ cultivar was the first of its species to be introduced into the West and features slightly smaller leaves and a tighter clumping habit than the straight species.

Fargesia robusta ‘Campbell’
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: 3-4m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1.5-2.5m
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.

Expert Tip

Fargesia robusta 'Campbell' is more sun and drought tolerant than most other Fargesias. Nonetheless, it still requires regular watering to establish and thrive.

Care & Size Guidance

Bamboo have a very high water requirement. During drier and hotter periods an irrigation system can help keep the plants well watered, and applying a layer of mulch helps prevent the soil from drying out too fast.

10 fargesia robusta Campbell arrived in excellent condition and on time. 5 stars. Particularly useful to be able to buy juvenile plants, I can sit back and marvel at their youthful enthusiasm...

Gwyn Lee

10 fargesia robusta Campbell arrived in excellent condition and on time. 5 stars. Particularly useful to be able to buy juvenile plants, I can sit back and marvel at their youthful enthusiasm...