Best hardy evergreen bamboo

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Best hardy evergreen bamboo

Post by Tom2006 » Tue Mar 22, 2011 12:42 pm

I have some large gaps due to the deaths of my tree ferns. I am looking to fill the gaps with very hardy evergreen bamboo. I have some black bamboo but would like something different. What should I go for please?
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Re: Best hardy evergreen bamboo

Post by jonny » Tue Mar 22, 2011 3:56 pm

There are loads to choose from Tom, but one of my favourites has got to be Fargesia robusta because it is very reliable, easy to grow and it grows pretty fast too. It is also very upright and makes a great screen or useful in a small garden .

jacko

Re: Best hardy evergreen bamboo

Post by jacko » Tue Mar 22, 2011 4:12 pm

if you want to go for a yellow one with green stripes that is hardy try phyllostachys aureosulcata spectabilis.mine has sailed through winter no problem and looks great.

jonny

Re: Best hardy evergreen bamboo

Post by jonny » Tue Mar 22, 2011 4:16 pm

Yes, i second this jacko icon_thumleft Spectabillis is an excelent plant with great culm colouring.What the hell, stick a Chusquea gigantea in there icon_thumleft something to scare the neighbours!! :lol:

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Re: Best hardy evergreen bamboo

Post by kindredspirit » Tue Mar 22, 2011 6:14 pm

Or,

Semiarundinaria fastuosa. Beautiful red culms. And sailed through the Freeze.

Lazlo Woodbine

Re: Best hardy evergreen bamboo

Post by Lazlo Woodbine » Tue Mar 22, 2011 6:27 pm

Similar to robusta but a little more ornamental imo ....

Fargesia scabrida - often labelled 'Asian Wonder'
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This plant was bought in 2009 ..... what you see is one half - split early 2010.... its already doubled in height .... :)


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Re: Best hardy evergreen bamboo

Post by The Codfather » Tue Mar 22, 2011 6:32 pm

Is it planted straight in the ground or in its pot ?
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Re: Best hardy evergreen bamboo

Post by Mr List » Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:16 pm

i chose pseudosasa japonica, so i suggest that.

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Re: Best hardy evergreen bamboo

Post by Adam D » Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:44 pm

kindredspirit wrote:Or,

Semiarundinaria fastuosa. Beautiful red culms. And sailed through the Freeze.
Mine has lost half of its leaves this winter and looks quite sad at the moment :(

It is a nice big clump though, so hopefully it will come good again this summer.

As for the bamboo I would go for Fargesia scabrida or robusta. As Lazlo mentions above it is a wonderful bamboo and was totally untouched by this winter.

Andrew Smith

Re: Best hardy evergreen bamboo

Post by Andrew Smith » Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:51 pm

How about this one? It has lovely Varigated leaves

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Re: Best hardy evergreen bamboo

Post by jonny » Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:57 pm

Check out jungle giants website for some more ideas. There is a whole lot of different hardy bamboo out there as well as the ones that you find in the diy sheds which can be great value for money but they rarely offer anything but pseudosasa japonica, phyllostachys aurea, nigra etc

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Re: Best hardy evergreen bamboo

Post by Adam D » Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:11 pm

jonny wrote:Check out jungle giants website for some more ideas. There is a whole lot of different hardy bamboo out there as well as the ones that you find in the diy sheds which can be great value for money but they rarely offer anything but pseudosasa japonica, phyllostachys aurea, nigra etc
Agreed.

Especially if you want something slightly different.

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Re: Best hardy evergreen bamboo

Post by JungleNuts » Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:26 pm

How about .... Phyllostachys vivax f. aureocaulis

Amazing yellow canes, can grow to huge proportions with good thick canes, and in terms of hardiness .... ours sailed through this last winter with no damage.

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Re: Best hardy evergreen bamboo

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:28 pm

JungleNuts wrote:How about .... Phyllostachys vivax f. aureocaulis

Amazing yellow canes, can grow to huge proportions with good thick canes, and in terms of hardiness .... ours sailed through this last winter with no damage.
This one get my thumbs up! icon_thumleft icon_thumleft icon_thumleft

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Re: Best hardy evergreen bamboo

Post by Tom2006 » Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:15 pm

WOW...thanks guys. It has to been -14C and long term cold hardy after this last winter. I am loving the look of Phyllostachys vivax f. aureocaulis think this could be the one for me! icon_thumleft

Is this it? http://www.jparkers.co.uk/plant-0001429 ... ow-bamboo/
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