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Photo Copyright: Noah Bell, Bamboo Garden '11

Photo Copyright: Noah Bell, Bamboo Garden '09
Photo copyright Ned Jaquith 2004
Close up of orange culm sheath.

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Rare and Collectable Bamboo


Fargesia sp. 'Scabrida'

Maximum Height: 12-14 feet
Diameter: 0.5 to .75 inches
Hardiness: 0° F
USDA zone 6 through 9, not for climates with high heat and humidity (southeastern states).

    This elegant bamboo was collected in 1997 from the mountains of Pingwu county in Sichuan, China at an elevation over 8,500 feet. Imported by Jos van der Palen of Kimmei Nursery in Holland.

sp. ‘Scabrida’ has perhaps the most exciting colors of any hardy clumping bamboo: the young culms have dark orange sheaths, opening gradually to reveal steel-blue and lavender culms, aging to an olive green.  The leaves are dark green and slender, with a graceful, airy arrangement.

Like F. robusta, it has many desirable qualities:  fairly upright habit, vigorous growth, and more sun-tolerant than most other Fargesia. Scabrida makes a great, evergreen privacy screen, growing to about 14 feet. 


Photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2006

Photo Copyright: Noah Bell, Bamboo Garden '09

Photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2009
A six year old Fargesia sp. 'Scabrida' stands about 12 feet tall at our nursery.