High Desert Plant Finder & Guide
Red Fountain Bamboo
Fargesia nitida 'Jiuzhaigou'
Red Fountain Bamboo
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 10 feet
Spread: 6 feet
Hardiness Zone: 4
This imposing selection makes a beautiful screen or accent in the garden; culms turn dark red in the second year, but will eventually turn yellow; needs morning sun to promote color; a non-invasive but vigorous variety
Red Fountain Bamboo's narrow leaves remain light green in color throughout the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.
Red Fountain Bamboo is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a shapely form and gracefully arching stalks. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Red Fountain Bamboo is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Vertical Accent
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
Planting & Growing
Red Fountain Bamboo will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Please note: Our Plant Guide is all about plants that will work in the high desert. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a current list of plants in stock on hand at each location or at our farm. We purposely do not sell or ship plants via the internet. Plant questions and availability are best determined in-store.