Sunset Glow Clumping Bamboo

Fargesia rufa

Orange-red sheaths at each node add color to the green culms (stems) of this well-contained plant. A perfect specimen for smaller gardens and courtyards. Leaves do not curl in the sun as with some bamboos. Thrives in cooler summer regions, even tolerating mild, periodic dry spells when established. Evergreen.
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Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical Pronunciationfar-GHEE-zee-uh ROO-fuh
LoreA favorite food of the giant pandas.
Average Size at MaturityUpright stems reach 8 ft. tall; clump only expands 2 to 4 in. per year.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBarrier, Container, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Woodland Garden, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsPartial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Clumping Bamboo, Easy Care, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Year-round Interest, Non-Invasive
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsJapanese Maple (Acer); Azalea (Azalea); Lily of the Valley (Pieris); Peony (Paeonia); Pachysandra (Pachysandra)

Thrives in organically rich, acidic, well-drained soil. Shelter from harsh afternoon sun exposures and drying winter winds. Let fallen leaves stay, to serve as organic mulch and prevent weeds. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9

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