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Fargesia Scabrida Asian Wonder

    Fargesia scabrida Asian Wonder Garden Qualities: Bamboo Asian Wonder has an outstanding culm colouration, evergreen clump-forming bamboo. Ideal for hedge, privacy fence or large pots and containers. Asian Wonder thrives in the UK.

    It’s winterhardy and tolerant to different soil types. The new shoots require protection from slugs.

    Common Features of Fargesia scabrida Asian Wonder

    • Identification: Fargesia scabrida Asian Wonder, Fargesia robusta ‘Asian Wonder’, Red Umbrella Bamboo.
    • Foliage: slender green drooping leaves.
    • Culm colour: Beautiful purplish red, matures to green.
    • Height: Small-medium bamboo, reaches 3m.
    • Spread: Clump-forming, non-invasive bamboo.

    Growth requirement

    • Site: Full sun to partial shade, colouration not prominent in shade.
    • Soil: well-drained, moist soil.
    • Use: Hedge, narrow privacy fence, large pot and containers.
    • Hardiness: very hardy, tolerant to -20 degrees Celsius.

    Where to Buy Bamboo Plants in the UK

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    Grow Fargesia scabrida Asian Wonder

    Fargesia Asian Wonder is a clump-forming Umbrella Bamboo, also known as the Fargesia Robusta Asian Wonder. This bamboo is a standout among the Fargesia group due to its beautiful stem colouration which starts purplish bright red and eventually changes to green as it matures.

    The thick drooping leaves and upright culms are ideal for garden hedging or natural privacy fencing. It is also an excellent choice as an individual plant and large pots and containers.

    This clump-forming evergreen bamboo thrives in well-drained moist soil. It does not like compacted soils or very dry soil.

    The leaves and culms’ colourations are prominent where there is enough sun. To get the best of this bamboo, plant it where there is enough sunlight. Ideally, away from the shade of larger three and other undergrowth.

    If you grow Fargesia Asian Wonder in pots and containers, ensure that it receives enough light.

    Bamboo Care

    Asian Wonder, like other Umbrella Bamboo plants, is tolerant to different soil types and seasonal weather changes.

    Although this bamboo is undemanding, it will need care. Its roots and leaves are susceptible to dry soil conditions and frozen soil.

    If the bamboo leaves turn yellow or curl, or the culms browning indicate that the soil

    • lacks nutrients, or
    • is too dry, or
    • is compacted.

    Take immediate action to revive your bamboo before the new bamboo growths appear in Spring.

    Add fertilisers or organic mulch such as bark or grass cuttings mixed with bark and twigs to keep the soil moist. Do something to improve the soil condition.

    Bamboo protection

    Here are some pointers for protecting bamboo when planting a new plant or propagating the cuttings. Although bamboo plants are undemanding, the new plants and tall plants are susceptible to natural threats.

    Here are some tips for protecting Fargesia scabrida Asian Wonder

    • Grow the bamboo away from windy locations.
    • Slugs like the new shoots and rhizome tips. Add Slug and Snail Killer (early in Spring) to protect the new growths.
    • Apply NPK or organic fertiliser and mulch (early in Spring).
    • Prune and remove old culms (4 – 5 years old) to promote new growth.
    • Tie back or direct new culms into the cluster (Base-clumps).

    Slugs and Snails Killer

    Feeds and Fertilisers

    Rhizomes/Roots Barrier

    Heavy Duty Pots and Planters

    Propagate Fargesia scabrida Asian Wonder

    There are four ways to propagate bamboo. Propagation by:

    • Seed,
    • Culm and Rhizome Cuttings,
    • Culm-base Separation, or
    • Conventional Branch Layering.

    Propagating the Umbrella Bamboo plants by separation is probably the most reliable method in the UK, it gives the best result too.

    Most Fargesia bamboo plants, including newly introduced varieties like Scabrida Asian Wonder, are tolerant to pests and diseases in the UK. Nevertheless, the new shoots and rhizomes tips are prone to slugs attacks. In fact. slugs love the tender new growths.

    When propagating bamboo plants, protect the new growths by adding Slug and Snail Killer. The slugs can wipe off the tender growths if left unprotected. (This video shows Slugs damaging new bamboo shoots in one visit).

    20+ Fargesia Bamboo Varieties

    Umbrella Bamboos Fargesia scabrida Asian Wonder and Simba are known to have been in Europe, a fairly recent inclusion to the Fargesia nitida and Fargesia Murielae varieties.

    Unsurprisingly, these bamboo plants are growing in popularity and are favourites among many UK gardeners.

    Here are 6 umbrella bamboo plants that thrive in the UK, ideal for small spaces, gardens and contained spaces:

    1. Fargesia murielae Simba Umbrella Bamboo
    2. Robusta Campbell Umbrella Bamboo
    3. Fargesia murielae ‘Jumbo’
    4. Nitida Obelisk Hybrid Umbrella Bamboo
    5. Fargesia Nitida Winter Joy Fountain Bamboo
    6. Fergasia murielae Standing Stone

    Fargesia Umbrella Bamboo Plants

    Check out our collections of over 20 Fargesia murielae and Fargesia nitida bamboo plants we featured. We also have extensive Phyllostachys here.

    Alternatively, use the search bar (on the right) if you are looking for a particular bamboo.

    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

    Amazing Garden Bamboo Plants

    Bamboos are amazing plants. They come in various sizes, shapes, colours, and formations.

    Although some varieties (Phyllostachys) are invasive, they are easily manageable. Once established, you only have to check on them and enjoy the evergreen plant.

    The Fergasia murielae varieties are non-spreading, form clusters of rigorous stems and are evergreen all year round. They are best for hedges and privacy screens or in small gardens as ornamental plants.

    The Umbrella Bamboo thrives in pots and containers, and in small spaces like the terrace and balconies.

    Interestingly, the hardy plant remains evergreen for up to 15 years, providing the green cover all year round.

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