Fargesia robusta ‘Campbell’
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.
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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.
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.