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Blue Fountain Bamboo*

Fargesia nitida

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Blue Fountain Bamboo (Fargesia nitida) at Kennedy's Country Gardens

Blue Fountain Bamboo

Blue Fountain Bamboo

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Blue Fountain Bamboo (Fargesia nitida) at Kennedy's Country Gardens

Blue Fountain Bamboo foliage

Blue Fountain Bamboo foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  15 feet

Spread:  12 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b


This imposing selection makes a beautiful screen or accent in the garden; stems color is purple to gray-blue; this bamboo is even tolerant to full sun, but prefers some shade; a non-invasive but vigorous variety

Ornamental Features

Blue Fountain Bamboo's narrow leaves remain green in color throughout the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Blue 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 is a relatively low maintenance plant, and can be pruned at anytime. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Blue Fountain Bamboo is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Blue Fountain Bamboo will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 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. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Articulation  Massing  Screening  Garden  Naturalizing 
Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features