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Fargesia rufa

Fountain Bamboo

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This relative newcomer to bamboo cultivation is proving extremely popular. It remains small at under 2m - usually arching over to less - and, although a clumping bamboo, the individual canes are well spaced leading to a naturally spreading habit without becoming invasive. Add the orange-pink coloured sheaths on the canes early in the season and you have a marvellous bamboo for use as specimen or informal hedge in light shade. It is one of the main bamboos cultivated in China to produce food for the Giant Panda.

Fargesia rufa Identification Sheet

Western China
Common name(s)
Fountain Bamboo
Part sun to full shade, moist well-drained soil
Eventual height
Eventual spread
Fully hardy
Skill level

Pot sizes

With items such as ferns, juvenile tree ferns and herbaceous plants it is difficult to give the exact size of each species when such a wide range of plants are grown so we specify standard pot sizes to give an indication of the size and/or age of the plant you are buying.

Sometimes the pot size might vary slightly from the standard or we might listed as 2-3 litre pot, depending on the growers we purchased them from. However, the sizes of the plants are similar in height and spread.

Sometimes the plants might be photographed in decorative pots. However, please bear in mind that our plants are kept in plastic nursery pots.

Plant height

For the outdoor plants, that are meant to be planted in the ground, the height of the pot is excluded from the measurement. The height is measured from the top of the pot to the tallest leaf or branch of the plant.

All plants are measured when brought to our nursery, however, due to natural factors, the actual size of the plant might change over time due to adjustments to the environment. When picking multiple plants for an order, we aim to pick matching plants.

Product warranties

We can guarantee that the plants leave our nursery disease free, but weather and local conditions might affect their survival. Make sure you always make an informed purchasing decision.

The plants that leave our nursery are in the best condition, free of disease. Kept in adequate conditions (positioning and care), the plants are guaranteed for 3 months if they are planted in the ground or one year if they are kept in their original pots. Return policy applies only to plants that are in their original pots.

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Bamboos can be grown almost anywhere, but avoid excessively windy locations. Many can be grown in sun or shade (sun is usually best for colour).Bamboos are generally shallow rooted and prefer a rich, moisture retentive, organic soil. 


Before planting out, the roots should be soaked in water for some time, and after planting it is important that the plant is watered well.

Hardy species of bamboo which were grown in pots can be planted anytime during the year, except in frozen ground.

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Delivery location

Due to the nature of the consignments, the courier's drivers are not insured to carry goods through your property. The standard delivery location is the border of your property or the entrance of a communal space. If other arrangements need to be made, please get in touch with us as soon as the order is placed.
Vouchers and small boxes can be posted through the letterbox, provided there is unrestricted access to it. 


Rated 4.88 on the scale 1 - 5 based on 8 customer reviews
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Great healthy bamboos. Very pleased with my order.

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Plant received today. Beautiful large healthy specimen and fantastic price. The Palm Center never fail to impress. Always my no:1 go to supplier

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Customer service was exemplary. Plant arrived very quickly in good condition and well protected. Replacing a F. Murielae after an "accident" so should be an ideal replacement. Thanks PalmCentre :)

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Beautiful plants. Bought 2, arrived earlier than expected, thank you. Well packaged and plants in superb condition. Can't wait for them to grow.

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Bought 3 of these to go in a long trough to screen a fence. They arrived well packed and undamaged. Height is 1 metre but I expect them to double that in the next 2 years - they seem to have settled well in the trough.

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Bought from the website, this was delivered the next day, very well packaged and in great shape, I have ordered plants from here before and have had no reason for complaint. The plant was the size expected too.

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a very attractive shape and is a contrast to the rest of my garden plants

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we've had these growing in very large cedar boxes for the last 4 summers. they were thin, 12 inch starts when we planted them. now, they're 6 feet tall 6 feet wide bushes! doing very well. handle our Washington rain and winters very well. no root rot and no die back. doing great! only wish they were a little taller. new canes pop up each growing season, but the plant overall doesn't seem to be getting any taller than 6 feet. we were hoping it would reach 8-10 feet like the label said.

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