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Fargesia murielae Bimbo Small Bamboo

    Fargesia murielae Bimbo: Stunning clump-forming ornamental Dwarf Bamboo. Bimbo has thin green compacted leaves and short culms that form an ‘umbrella’ effect low on the ground. Ideal plant for short hedges, screens, small gardens and confined spaces. A fantastic evergreen pot or container plant.

    This clump-forming bamboo is hardy to – 20 degrees Celsius, and tolerates various soil types in the UK.

    An outstanding small bamboo to grow as either indoor or outdoor plant.

    Characteristics Fargesia murielae Bimbo

    • Identification: Fargesia Murielae Bimbo, Muriel’s Bamboo, Umbrella Bamboo
    • Foliage: Thin leaves, evergreen.
    • Culm colour: Dark green stems, reddish colour in sun.
    • Height: 2m at full height, small bamboo
    • Spread: 1.5 – 2m, clump-forming.
    • Use: Small Garden or small contained spaces, front border.
    • Perennial: 10 -20 years.

    Bamboo Growth Requirements

    • Site: Sun to part shade and shade.
    • Soil: Well-drained, loam.
    • Moisture: moist, do not overwater.
    • Hardiness: – 20 degrees Celsius, a very hardy bamboo.

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    Grow Fargesia murielae Bimbo

    Fargesia murielae Bimbo, commonly called the Dwarf Umbrella Bamboo, is a dense low-growing bamboo. It is small at a height of just 2m and spreads the same length. This clump-forming bamboo has dark green leaves and culms.

    This non-invasive bamboo prefers well-drained soil and loam. Add mulch when newly planted to preserve soil moisture.

    A very hardy bamboo down to – 20 degrees Celsius. It is tolerant to sun, part shade and shade. However, the yellowing effect on the culms and greenery of the leaves are prolific in sunny spots.

    So, if you are growing it for architectural or landscaping purposes, choose a location with good sunlight.

    Where to Plant Dwarf Bamboo Bimbo

    Fargesia Murielae Bimbo is the smallest growing variety of the Fargesia group, though recently introduced, it is becoming popular.

    Many gardeners choose this bamboo for its low-growing, compact umbrella appearance and evergreen foliage. It is known as the smallest bamboo in the Fargesia Mureilae group.

    Bimbo is ideal for pots and containers, small gardens, or grown as an individual plant. This stunning small bamboo provides the low hedging greenery required for small landscaping projects.

    If you are looking for a small bamboo, Bamboo Bimbo is the best option.

    Nurture Fargesia murielae Bimbo

    Growing bamboo in a non-native climate requires care and protection, especially when they are newly planted.

    Although these bamboo plants are tolerant, there is a number of natural threats. Mitigating these early threats is the best thing to do to protect the new growth.

    Here are the common natural threats that are likely to affect the growth of your Fargesia murielae Bimbo:

    • The new leaves, bamboo shoots and rhizomes tips are susceptible to slug attack.
    • Frozen soil damages the exposed root hairs and rhizomes.
    • Although low-down, the strong winds damage the tender new culms.

    Protect Fargesia murielae Bimbo

    To avoid the natural threats to your Bimbo bamboo plants, do these:

    • Apply Slug and Snail Killer around your new bamboo.
    • Add organic mulch.
    • Tie the culms to poles/stakes to support and encourage upright growth.

    Generally, the bamboo plants thrive in well-aerated loam, or sand and loose clay soil but the older plants will require fertiliser and moisture, at least, once in Spring.

    Check to see if they are putting out new shoots, or whether the leaves and soil are in good condition.

    This clump-forming bamboo loves moist soil, but not waterlogged soil, The root hairs will decay very quickly in waterlogged soil. Something to avoid if you are growing a new bamboo purchase.

    Propagate Fargesia murielae Bimbo

    There are three ways to propagate bamboo plants:

    • from the seeds, or
    • by culm and rhizome cuttings, or
    • by culm separation.

    Some people have successfully used the conventional ‘Layering’ as the fourth way to propagate large bamboos. However, propagating bamboos from the cuttings and by separation is, by far, the two popular ways many gardeners use in the UK.

    Our experience has indicated that the slugs were capable of wiping out the tender growths in one visit when left unprotected.

    To protect the new bamboo shoots and rhizome tips, add Slug and Snail Killer around the new plants.

    Umbrella Bamboo Bimbo

    Fargesia murielae Bimbo is an Umbrella bamboo similar to the other Small Fargesia Bamboo Plants. Its best features are the

    • copious amount of leaves,
    • low growth,
    • non-invasiveness and
    • deep-dark green foliage.

    A standout bamboo among the small bamboo varieties. Here is another small bamboo that you may find interesting – Simba.

    20+ Umbrella Bamboo to choose from

    We did extensive research on the popular bamboo plants in the UK and, carefully, gathered the qualities and features so that you can find the one that suits you.

    Check out our collections of over 20 Fargesia murielae and Fargesia nitida bamboo plants on our Featured Bamboo page.

    Alternatively, if you are looking for a particular bamboo, use the search bar (on the right on the desktop computer or at the footer on mobile devices).

    We present the information in a simplified version where you can easily identify the bamboo that suits you.

    Variety and Common Name 


    Fargesia murielae Simba

    Umbrella Bamboo Simba 

    Small gardens, pots and containers

    Fargesia murielae Winter Joy

    Umbrella Bamboo Winter Joy 

    Gardens, pots and containers

    Phyllostachys nigra

    Black Bamboo 

    Garden, driveway and privacy screen

    Phyllostachys Aureocaulis

    Spectabilis Bamboo

    Garden, driveway and privacy screen

    Bambusa Textilis Gracilis


    Privacy screen, hedge, garden feature, pots and containers

    Fargesia Murielae

    Green bamboo Jumbo

    Privacy screen, hedge, garden feature, pots and containers

    Giant Timber Bamboo Phyllostachys Bambusoides

    Ideal for a walkthrough, large garden, or woodland forest

    Right Garden Bamboo Plants

    Our work on bamboo on this site shows that there is, in fact, the right bamboo plant for every garden or contained space.

    Bamboo plants are tolerant and tough, they provide the evergreen perennial effect. These plants are fast-growing and longer-lasting and provide the best greenery cover all year round.

    Generally, the umbrella bamboo plants are known to grow at an average rate of 0.5 – 1.0m in Spring, reaching their full maturity within 3 – 5 years. These hardy plants remain evergreen for up to 20 years, even more.

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