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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.


Fargesia robusta
Green Screen

Maximum Height: 12-15 ft.
Diameter: 0.75 inch
Hardiness:  0 F
USDA Zone recommended
7 through 9
, not for climates
with high heat and humidity
 (southeastern states).

  Fargesia robusta is a  good choice for a clumping bamboo that can create a narrow screen; being taller, more upright, and more robust than Fargesia nitida or Fargesia murielae. This species has dark green 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.

Green Screen 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:   

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Our crop of one gallon Green Screen, August, '09

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