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Fargesia albocerea 'Black' (Chocolate Umbrella Bamboo) | 10 Seeds | £3.49

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Fargesia albocerea 'Black' (Chocolate Umbrella Bamboo)


A very rare, small and hardy bamboo native to China, reaching around 2.5–4 m (8-13 ft) within temperate Europe


Clumping bamboo (non-invasive)


New shoots start off green, turning to a purplish-green, and then finally turning a lovely chocolate-brown


Makes an excellent container plant but is completely non-invasive


Hardy to around -23 ºC (-9 ºF), but the key is to keep the soil on the dry side during any frost


Bamboo seeds are not always available due to worldwide shortages of most species; this is because they rarely flower, sometimes only every 30 to even 100 years (called gregarious flowering)


Please note: full germination instructions are printed on each pack


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Genus: Fargesia


Species: albocerea


Variety: Black


Synonym: Borinda albocerea 'Black'


English name: Chocolate Umbrella Bamboo


Plant type: Clump-forming bamboo (non-invasive)


Eventual height: 8-13 feet (2.5-4 m)


Season of Interest: All seasons


Hardiness: Hardy to -23 ºC (-9 ºF); keep soil on drier side during frost


Shelter: from very cold winds


Sun Exposure: Eventually full sun to partial-shade - but keep plants under 1 year old out of direct sunlight


Soil: Moist, fertile and well-drained; water well in hotter months


Propagation methods: Seeds, or division of clumps



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