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Fargesia murielae Ivory Ibis clumping bamboo

Fargesia murielae ‘Ivory Ibis ‘ is a clump-forming umbrella bamboo. This bamboo is a standout, it has upright dense culms and ivory evergreen foliage. This bamboo is an ideal choice for a formidable natural hedge or privacy screen.

Bamboo Ivory Ibis is an undemanding bamboo hardy to -25 degrees Celsius and can also tolerate prolonged dry periods. Excellent bamboo for pots and containers.

General description

  • Name: Fargesia murielae ‘Ivory Ibis’, Umbrella bamboo ‘Ivory Ibis’
  • Foliage: Evergreen, white shade on leaves (ivory).
  • Culm: Upright, green stem, dense.
  • Height: 3 – 4m, medium height bamboo, can be pruned.
  • Spread: 2 – 3m, clump-forming.

Growth requirement

  • Site: Shade, part shade to full sun.
  • Soil: Clay and heavy soil (prefer well-drained moist soil)
  • Hardiness: – 25 to –20 degrees Celsius.
  • Use: Individual plant, pots, hedge, privacy screen.

Grow Fargesia murielae Ivory Ibis

Cultivate in containers: Fargesia murielae ‘Ivory Ibis’ is a tough bamboo, it will thrive in clay and variable soil conditions. The well-established Ivory Ibis bamboo is very hardy. Although this bamboo can also withstand drought, it will not survive prolonged dry spells.

Its hardiness and drought resistance make this bamboo an excellent pot plant for roof terraces or apartments and other small outdoor spaces.

Newly potted Ivory Ibis bamboo will require a good amount of water. Also, ensure that the soil remains moist but well-drained until the new plant has rooted; and new shoots have grown into matured culms.

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Cultivate in the garden: Fargesia murielae ‘Ivory Ibis’ bamboo produces a mass of dense shoots and culms with thick broad leaves, perfect for garden hedging. The tall culms and new shoots can be pruned to a desirable height.

Its tolerance to variable soil conditions makes it suitable for areas where the soil is tough and dry such as a new building site or backfilled area.

Propagate Fargesia murielae ‘Ivory Ibis’

To propagate new Ivory Ibis bamboo, separate the clump base into several divisions and grow them in propagation pots before planting them into holding pots or into the garden.

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The bamboo’s clump base will expand within 4 – 5 years. Meanwhile, you can enjoy the natural screen and greenery this bamboo provides.

Care & maintenance

Bamboos, like other plants, will require attention to grow well. The 6 pointers below put in perspective what you can do to ensure that your clumping bamboo, Fargesia murielae ‘Ivory Ibis’, remains healthy.

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  • Thinning bamboo plants once or twice a year to promote new growths and keep the plant under control. Selectively trim the old culms and new shoots that you do not want within the bamboo grove.
  • Pruning bamboo is intensive work compared to thinning bamboo. Dig and remove the parts of the bamboo that have outgrown the allocated space. This is an ideal time to take the bamboo divisions for replanting; and getting bamboo sticks for use in the garden.
  • Bamboos are tolerant to pests and diseases in the UK, however, slugs adore the new shoots and leaves. If you a planting a new Fargesia murielae ‘Ivory Ibis’ or expecting fresh growth in Spring, always add Slug and Snail Pellets to protect them.
  • Bamboos may not need fertilisers regularly, but the old plants will benefit from the added nutrients. The NPK fertilisers or any that is high in nitrogen are ideal options.
  • Mulching bamboo plant is a highly recommended care and maintenance job. It will keep the soil moist and protect the bamboo from frost and frozen soils. Always use the bamboo leaves as mulch since they contain silicon which is naturally high in nitrogen.

Buy Fargesia murielae Ivory Ibis

Ivory Ibis bamboo is an ideal plant for privacy screening apartments, balconies, porches or any small outdoor place. It is also an ideal hedge plant in the garden because you can prune the leaves and new shoots.

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5 Fargesia murielae bamboos similar to ‘Ivory Ibis’

Finding this bamboo at the local nursery or garden centre can be hard, therefore we provide 5 alternative bamboos that are similar to the ‘Ivory Ibis’.

The similarities are based on 5 important factors: Fargesia bamboo, similar height, similar foliage, similar hardiness and can be used as a hedging screen.

  1. Red Zebra’
  2. ‘Dino’
  3. Blue Lizard’
  4. ‘Blue Dargon’
  5. ‘Frosty Bamboo’

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We also featured a special group of Award-Winning Bamboo Plants. These bamboos received the RHS Merit Award in the UK and other Bamboo Awards for their notable garden features.

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Hand tools/Uses


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Wrecking bar: Provides leverage for removing tough rhizomes, roots or blocks.

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Pickaxe: Dismantles rhizomes and clumps.

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Handsaw/Loppers: Cuts culms to propagate.

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Sharp garden spade: Digs/cuts small rhizomes and roots, clears dirt.

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Garden rake/hoe: Clears soil and dirt around the work area.

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Pair of secateurs/garden loppers: Cuts large rhizomes and culms.

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The clump formers like the ‘Ivory Ibis’ are non-invasive bamboos, however, clumpers in pots and containers will require repotting after 4 or 5 years.

Many bamboo growers will attest to the fact that it is often hard work removing the bamboos from a pot or container when they’ve filled out the space. To make the work lighter, always select the right pots before planting your bamboo plants.

The Fargesia group of bamboos are generally well-behaved, however, the underground bamboo parts expand around the base. This clumping habit is visible as the new shoots grow into culms and the underground base-buds thicken.

The culms of the Ivory Ibis will definitely require thinning and pruning after the first 3 years because of its dense culm’s clusters. This could be the ideal time to prune the whole plant and get new plant divisions and bamboos sticks.

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Fargesia murielae Ivory Ibis

All in all, the Fargesia murielae ‘Ivory Ibis’ is an excellent bamboo for hedging and privacy screens. Its dense upright culms and thick foliage are the perfect features for creating a natural dense cover.

At G.B.P, our goal is to provide the right information for selecting the right bamboo to grow in the garden and in pots and containers. Based on our experience, we also offer bamboo growers’’ tips and guides on how to provide the right care and maintenance for bamboo plants. You can see most of our work on YouTube.

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