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Red Chinese Fountain Bamboo [Fargesia nitida Volcano]

Fargesia nitida colcanoe

Fargesia nitida ‘Volcano’ is a stunning, non-invasive bamboo, its other names are Chinese Fountain Bamboo ‘Volcano’, Red Fountain Bamboo or Spherical Garden bamboo.

It has a beautiful reddish black stem and brown sheath which forms a beautiful contrast between the dense green leaves.

The ‘Volcano’ can grow to a height of 2 metres, its clumped base can reach 1.5 to 3 metres wide.

A good choice for pots and containers or can be planted directly into the ground as a screen or hedge.

This clump-forming bamboo is non-invasive and prefers moist soil and full sun or partial shade. Avoid growing the Volcano Bamboo in waterlogged sites and strong winds.

Best qualities of Fargesia nitida ‘Volcano’: The foliage and edges can be pruned to give a compacted evergreen hedge, beautiful red black stems and non-invasive.

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Fargesia ‘Volcanoe’ Fountain Bamboo features

  • Identification: Fargesia nitida ‘Volcano’, Chinese Fountain Bamboo, Red Fountain Bamboo, Spherical Garden bamboo.
  • Culms: purply-reddish and black stems, brown sheath.
  • Leaves: slender, evergreen dense foliage.
  • Mature Height: 1.5 – 2 metres.
  • Spread: 1 metre, non-invasive.
  • Winterhardiness: – 25 degrees Celsius.
  • Uses: standalone plant, pots and containers, screen, roof terrace.
  • Site: Part shade to shade

Some bamboo plants with similar features are Fargesia rufa, Fargesia nitida Gansu and Fargesia nitida ‘Black Pearl. Check this list for all the Fargesias.

Cost of Clump-forming bamboo plants

This cost listing below is an estimated price of the common Clump-forming bamboo plants based on the cost of 10 – 20 L pots.

The comparison table shows the price ranges (lowest and highest prices) from over 10 UK online retailers, including the major online market like Amazon and eBay.

Note that the prices are indicative of the costs of packages (P&P) and delivery charges, and are subject to changes.

Use this table as a guide. For more information on prices, check the recent online prices.

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Scientific name

Guided Price Range

Fargesia murielae Simba

£30.00 - £80.00

Fargesia murielae Winter Joy

£40.00 - £70.00

Fargesia murielae Jumbo

£40.00 - £90.00

Fargesia murielae Rufa

£20.00 - £60.00

Fargesia nitida Black Pearl

£30.00 - £70.00

Clumping bamboo Fargesia murielae group: A guide to help you find the right bamboo. (note that the prices range is indicative only. Please, check in-store or online for updated prices.

Types of Fargesia Chinese Fountain Bamboos

We featured 7 common types of the Nitida group. A spectacular non-invasive bamboo plant, it will not send its shoots away from the parent plant.

The clumps form a dense upright wall to support the ‘fountain’ foliage.

Fargesia nitida is among the stunning Fargesia bamboos in the UK, owing their names to the appearances of the evergreen fountain-like foliage and coloured stems.

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Benefits of Growing Chinese Fountain Bamboo

The Chinese Fountain Bamboo plants are great for shaded areas. If you have a North-facing garden this group of bamboos will thrive in it.

This exotic Chinese bamboo is also good for screening, creating an evergreen backdrop or growing along an elevated site, but preferably in the shade.

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