Fargesia nitida 'Jiuzhaigou'
A number of seedlings of Fargesia nitida collected over a period of years from Jiuzhaigou Park in Sichuan have given rise to this newly introduced group of clones showing great promise as garden plants, especially where space is limited.
All are excellent as specimen plants or for low screens but as propagation by division is quite slow, availability is still rather limited.
Their exact characteristics under UK conditions have yet to be fully documented and some of them may take time to recover their natural growth habit after being produced in quantity by micro-propagation. However, they are all relatively slow growing, clump forming types with plentiful rather thin canes and small leaves which are produced in the second year.
The canes are often attractively tinted with red or dark purple, possibly enhanced when growing in a sunny position and various common names have been employed such as "Red Panda" or "Red Fountain Bamboo". It is posible that stem colour may be affected by the degree of exposure to sunlight or by the levels of nutrition so the differences in colour between the various clones are not easy to define.
Growth habit is dense, upright and tidy, making it ideal for screening.
They are very suitable for light shade but appear tolerant of full sun.
All seem hardy but may possibly shed some of their leaves during hard winters, new foliage developing in spring.
Limited availability for clones 1 and Genf.
'Jiuzhaigou 1' - Upright culms often tinted with red
or dark purple. Small leaves. Height 2 to 4m.
Has tolerated -20C. This form is sometimes reerred to as "Red Panda"
'Jiuzhaigou 2' - This
clone was collected by M. Laferrere and has an upright habit, growing only to
about 7 or 8ft.(2.4m), making it ideal for a screen about 2ft. above fence
Its culms may sometimes be tinted with red or light brown.
'Jiuzhaigou' Genf. - Likely to be the tallest
clone and its culms are reported to be tinted with red in spring and autumn.
Height approx 3 to 5m at maturity.
Ideal for a taller hedge or screen.
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