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Photo copyright: Ned Jaquith, 2005
Close up of 'Wolong',
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photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2008
Close up of new culms.


photos copyright: Dain Sansome, 2005
Ned Jaquith admires a F. robusta 'Wolong'
about 7 feet tall

Rare and Collectable Bamboo

 
 Fargesia robusta 'Wolong'

 
Maximum Height: 16 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 'Wolong' has larger leaves than regular F. robusta which lend this clumping bamboo a tropical look. The foliage is a shiny dark green that seems to shimmer in the sunlight. Branch sheaths often have hints of orange and red. New shoots are hairy and rusty red upon emergence from the ground in early spring. It is more sun tolerant than most other Fargesia, but ideally would prefer protection from the hot afternoon sun. It is reported to get taller than other types of F. robusta in it's native climate, the high elevation mountains of Sichuan, China. Our plants in the ground are over 9 feet tall after four years. This rare bamboo makes a fine garden specimen or privacy screen, without the unwanted spreading habits of the taller Phyllostachys.


Fresh out of the ground. Isaias and Alphonso prepare a large 'Wolong'  for propagation. Jan, 2012
                            

photos copyright: Dain Sansome, 2005
For comparison:  Fargesia robusta (left)
and F. robusta 'Wolong' (right)

5 gallon robusta Wolong