Photo copyright, Guy Hendricks, Oprins Bamboo
A nice hedge of F. robusta "Green Screen"
photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2013
Beautiful color pattern on the new spring shoots
Photo copyright Noah Bell, 2011
Photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2006
Our two gallon Green Screen from Bamboo Select.
The height listed on the tag is optimistic, most likely, one can expect
F. robusta to achieve 12 to 15 feet within 5 years, starting from a
one or two gallon plant. 18 feet may be possible under ideal conditions.
USDA Zone recommended
7 through 9,
not for climates
with high heat and humidity
robusta is a good choice for a clumping bamboo that can create a
narrow screen; being taller, more
upright, and more
nitida or Fargesia
foliage and light
green culms, new shoots are hairy and rusty red upon emergence from the
ground in early spring. The culm sheaths persist and soon fade to a light
color, almost white, giving the culms a very attractive checkerboard look in
the spring through early summer. It is also more sun tolerant than most
other Fargesia but ideally would prefer protection from the hot afternoon
sun. We have one growing in full sun that has never shown any sign of
leaf burn. It is more compact than one would be with shade (about 10 feet tall) and slightly lighter
shade of green.
is the trademark name for a single specimen of Fargesia robusta (type
'Pingwu') that was selected originally by Jan Oprins of Bamboo Select in
Belgium. He chose this particular plant, based on its exceptional vigor and
beauty, to be the subject for tissue culture propagation. Bamboo Select has
made thousands of plants with identical genetics to the original favorite
which has proven very successful in landscapes all across Europe.
Recently our friend Susanne Lucas of Pioneer Plants began a partnership with
Bamboo Select allowing this variety of Fargesia robusta to be
available in the United States for the first time. See link:
GROWTH CHART FOR ONE GALLON GREEN SCREEN
Our crop of one gallon Green Screen,