Clumbing Bamboo - Fargesia Rufa

Clumbing Bamboo - Fargesia Rufa

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Fargesia dracocephala ‘Rufa’

Clumping bamboo also is called ‘non-running bamboo” to underline the fact that it is not invasive. Although the evergreen plant can grow into clumps up to 10 feet tall and 8 feet wide, it spreads gradually, usually no more than 6 inches per year.

Hardy in zones 5-9, ‘Rufa’ means “red-haired” and features rust-colored sheaths on its blue-green 1/2-inch diameter stems. So it sometimes also is known as ‘Sunset Glow’ bamboo. Seldom flowering, it is grown for the graceful, weeping look of its foliage.

Additional Information:

Latin Name: Fargesia dracocephala ‘Rufa’
Plant Type: Clumping Bamboo
Shrub Type: Evergreen
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Deer Resistant:  Yes
Mature Height: 10 Feet
Mature Width: 8 Feet
Growth Rate: Moderate
Habit: Clumping
Hardiness Zone: Zone 5-9
Water Needs: Average
Maintenance: Easy
Pruning Time: Late Winter
Additional attribute:
Year-round Interest
Heat Tolerant
Wind Tolerant
Landscape Uses:
Border, Hedge, Woodland Garden


Clumping bamboo prefers rich, acidic, moist and well-drained soil, preferably in a location where it receives sun in the morning and shade during the afternoon and is protected from winter winds. However, it will tolerate full shade too and also adapts well to container culture. Mulch it to protect its roots in winter and to keep its soil evenly moist.

A favorite food of the giant panda and a natural for Asian or Zen gardens, this shade plant will lend an Oriental aura to your privacy screening.

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The other method is "Common Carrier Shipping". Only certain plants can be sent this way. Usually ones that are under 4 feet tall. When we ship this way, one of our crew members boxes up your order and then sends it to your home via UPS or FedEx.

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Plants with listed heights (i.e. 4-5 ft) are measured from the top of the root ball to the top of the plant. Basically, what will be exposed out of the ground after planting. We do not count the root ball or container in the tree size.

Many of our plants come in the plastic Nursery Containers in which they are grown. These containers come in various sizes. Typically, the larger the container, the more mature and larger the plant is. The containers are measured by the "Gallon". More often than not, the larger the gallon size, the larger the plant.

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