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Photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2006 
Our crop of one gallon F. nitida 'Nanping'  

Photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2006 

 

Fargesia nitida 'Nanping'
Common Names: Blue Fountain,
  Hardy Blue Bamboo


Maximum Height: 12-15 feet
Diameter: 0.5 inches
Hardiness: -20 F
USDA zone 5-9,
not for climates with high heat and humidity (southeastern states).

This new introduction of Fargesia nitida differs only slightly from the species in that it has a subtle iridescent shine to the leaves and a slightly more "open" clumping habit, meaning that the canes don't grow as tight together. They do form a dense screen when mature.  It is very cold-hardy, but cannot tolerate more than a couple hours of direct sunlight. It is quite rare and we believe it is in no danger of flowering, unlike the old generation cultivars of  F. nitida.

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