Fountain Bamboo, Dragonhead Bamboo
A handsome, fountain shaped bamboo that provides unique evergreen texture to any space. Lush green foliage and yellow canes are complimented by pleasing orange-pink sheaths as new growth pushes early in the season.
Fargesia rufa grows vigorously but is a clump forming bamboo, making it easier to control than more aggressive invasive bamboos. Despite this, the individual canes are well spaced which gives it the aesthetic appeal of running bamboos without so much difficulty controlling it.
Fargesia rufa is native to China, where it’s an important food source for Giant Pandas and is referred to as ‘Long-Tou Zhu’, meaning ‘dragon head bamboo’.
It evolved primarily as an understory plant in mountainous forests, growing under pines on slopes and along stream banks, where it can receive the large amount of water it requires.
Fargesia rufa In The Garden
This perennial bamboo is a relative newcomer to cultivation, but has become particularly sought after for creating privacy screens, hedges and acoustic barriers for gardens, whilst staying under 2 metres tall.
In the wild it’s found growing alongside Rhododendrons, Hydrangeas and Mahonias, all of which make perfect planting companions in your garden!
It’s also perfect choice to compliment larger leaved plants with a similarly tropical look, such as Fatsia japonica or hardy bananas.
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.