Fargesia rufa 'Green Panda' , Clumping Bamboo

corunum z6 CT(6)March 14, 2012

I have searched the net and GW's Bamboo Forum for this cultivar, but it seems that most growers of it are located outside of New England. Dave's has 3 'Positive" votes for it, but again, outside NE. WFF, Broken Arrow, and Chestnut Hill nurseries in Connecticut list it and similar clumping cultivars, so it must be around in private gardens somewhere. The only time I have seen any bamboo close to home was at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. I need to fill in spaces in a border relatively near, but diagonal to pines where the neighbor cleaned his side of the border(as in dozed and scraped the land) of all native material that I thought was wonderful. Bare doesn't work for me. Does anyone in NE have any experience with this clumping bamboo in zone 5b or 6?

Thanks for any info.



P.S. Yes, there is adequate room without disturbing pine tree roots. This cultivar purportedly grows 8-10'tall x 8' wide.

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mad_gallica(zone 5 - eastern New York)

Bamboo was hot about five years ago. It hadn't occurred to me that I haven't seen much of it lately. There was so much Green Panda around that it was only a matter of time before I found some on sale. Buying it full price was never an option since bamboo is usually way over what I think is same to pay for a plant that isn't a tree.

It's 5 or 6 ft tall, and a bit wider. I don't remember whether it started as a 2 or 3 gal, but it was less than two feet tall. Growth was relatively slow. It took maybe 5 years to get to its current height. The taller, coarser leaved bamboo on the left is Yellow Groove.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2012 at 1:38PM
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corunum z6 CT(6)

Perfect answer and picture, thanks very much, m_g. I could be quite happy with a plant that size that stays mostly green most of the year. Think I remember reading that this plant stays green unless the temp dips below 5 degrees, but its dropped leaves create its own mulch and the plant rejuvenates come spring and as seen in your plant, the bottom is still full. Works for me, I will try one. TY

    Bookmark   March 14, 2012 at 3:27PM
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I have a Fargesia rufa, but it's not 'Green Panda' or at least wasn't labeled as such. It's 4 or 5 years old and needs some trimming at the top to remove winterburned foliage most years, but it seems to do well. Mine doesn't get bigger than about 4 feet. In the first three photos, taken from the same point, it's on the left; in the final photo on the right.
June 2010 starting its third growing season
From June 2010

early Dec 2010
From December 2010

After some snow a couple of weeks later
From December 2010

From December 2010

    Bookmark   March 14, 2012 at 5:52PM
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corunum z6 CT(6)

Well, those pictures of bamboo in a NH winter certainly seal the deal for me. Holding its greenness in one zone lower than mine is encouraging. The online statements of cold hardy bamboo owners attesting to its deer resistance is a huge plus. Thank you both for taking the time to post pictures. Very helpful. Off to the nurseries.


    Bookmark   March 14, 2012 at 8:00PM
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