Fargesia robusta ‘Pingwu’

Umbrella bamboo

Fargesia robusta, as the species name implies, is one of the more robust growing Fargesia bamboos.

Although variable it is typically upright and tall, withstanding more exposure than many and has a tight, non-invasive clumping habit. It is one of the earliest bamboos to break soil in spring – an event much heralded in bamboo growing circles! – and the persistent white culm sheaths contrast beautifully with the dark green canes to give what is often described as a chequerboard effect.

The form ‘Pingwu’ is slightly shorter than some forms of Fargesia robusta with smaller leaves and a slightly more open habit.

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Origin: China
Genus: Fargesia
Species / Cultivar: robusta var. 'Pingwu'
Common Name: Umbrella bamboo

Plant Biography

Originating in Sichuan province in China, the Fargesia robusta is a significant source of food for the giant panda bears and it’s a commonly used plant for hedging.

The Pingwu variety has been recently introduced to cultivation and it has a similar habit to Fargesia ‘Campbell’.

Fargesia robusta 'Pingwu'
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.
Final Size: Medium
Final size will be suitable for a table, plant stand, or large strong shelf.
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: 4 - 8m
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: 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.

Expert Tip

When creating hedges, place the plants about one meter apart to allow space for the bamboo to spread.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

This variety of clump forming bamboo is ideal for being kept both in planters or in the ground.

Plant using multi-purpose compost to enrich the soil with organic matter. Feed heavily in subsequent years to allow vigorous growth.

Though it can withstand short periods of drought, the plant requires copious amounts of water to thrive.  Either in a pot (with drainage holes) or in the ground, there is no way you can overwater it.


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