In the United States (and other places I’m sure) there a misconception about the “dangers” of planting bamboo.

Fargesia bamboo plantsMost of the time this danger is non-existent, but there a reason that this conception has arisen. When running bamboo is planted and not maintained, or a barrier is not used, it can get out of control. (To learn how to care for running bamboo properly click here bamboo plant care). This is why clumping bamboo genres have become popular alternatives in westernized areas. Fargesia is one of those genres.

Fargesia bamboo plants are popular in the US, not only because they’re a clumping bamboo, but because they are also cold tolerant and do well in many areas.

Fargesia reigns from the mountains in western China and the species are delicate, small to medium size bamboo plants. Like with many genres, Fargesia has species of various appearances to appeal to a variety of tastes. Do note though, that Fargesia is not one of the bamboo species suited for high heat and humidity.

Popular Fargesia Bamboo Species

Species are sorted by how tolerant to cold they are since this is a popular request.

Fargesia nitida

Common Names: Blue Fountain
Clumping
Maximum Height: 20 Feet
Maximum diameter: 1 inches
Zone: 5-9 (Tolerant to -20 degrees Fahrenheit).

Fargesia murielae
Common Names: Umbrella Bamboo
Clumping
Maximum Height: 15 Feet
Maximum diameter: 1/2 inches
Zone: 5-9 (Tolerant to -20 degrees Fahrenheit).
Fargesia Jiuzhaigou
Common Names: Dragon's Head Bamboo
Clumping
Maximum Height: 12 Feet
Maximum diameter: 3/4 inches
Zone: 5-9 (Tolerant to -20 degrees Fahrenheit).

Fargesia Rufa
Common Names: -
Clumping
Maximum Height: 25 Feet
Maximum diameter: 1/2 inches
Zone: 5-9 (Tolerant to -15 degrees Fahrenheit).

Fargesia Dracocephala
Common Names: Dragon's Head Bamboo
Clumping
Maximum Height: 12 Feet
Maximum diameter: 1/2 inches
Zone: 6-9 (Tolerant to -10 degrees Fahrenheit).

Fargesia denudate
Common Names:-
Clumping
Maximum Height: 15 Feet
Maximum diameter: 1/2 inches
Zone: 5-9 (Tolerant to -10 degrees Fahrenheit).

Fargesia Scabrida
Common Names: -
Clumping
Maximum Height: 15 Feet
Maximum diameter: 3/4 inches
Zone: 6-9 (Tolerant to -5 degrees Fahrenheit).

Fargesia robusta
Common Names: -
Clumping
Maximum Height: 15 Feet
Maximum diameter: 3/4 inches
Zone: 7-9 (Tolerant to 0 degrees Fahrenheit). bamboo-308353_640

 
photo credit: Muriel-Bambus (Fargesia murielae) via photopin (license)