Bamboo Umbrella Fargesia murielae 'Simba'One of the most beautiful of all bamboos, umbrella bamboo is non-invasive and features a weeping habit. The arching stems (culms) are blue green at first but mature to yellow-green and form tight, neat clumps. The small, pointed, mid-green leaves are longer than they are wide (3” x .4”) and move with the slightest breeze. In the autumn, some of the older leaves turn buttery yellow and fall. The plant does very well in containers and makes an excellent hedge or specimen. It is considered a cool weather bamboo and does not do well in the heat and humidity of Southeastern United States. Several cultivars are available that vary in size, compactness, leaf size and vigor.

Type: Bamboo

Outstanding Features: Weeping habit

Form: Weeping

Growth Rate: Moderate to rapid

Bloom: Not applicable

Size: 10-14’ H x 13’’ W

Light: Full sun to light shade

Soil: Moderately fertile, moist, well-drained

Hardiness: Zones 5-9

Care: Low maintenance

Pests and Diseases: None of significance

Propagation: Division; root cuttings in spring

Outstanding Selections:

    ‘Bimbo’ (small leaves; 6.2’ tall)
    ‘Simba’ (very compact; 8’ tall)
    ‘Jumbo’ (broad leaves, very vigorous)

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By Karen