Dragon Head Bamboo

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Add this top performer as a wonderful backdrop to your summer activities. Clumping Dragon Head Bamboo (Fargesia rufa) stays put and gives you an easy-care, tropical look with ease! You'll be thrilled to soon see fresh, bright orange-red shoots in spring. The shoots age to a mid-tone green and quickly grow to achieve full size each season.

With arching canes that quickly grow tall, Dragon Head Bamboo is a confident accent plant. Bamboo is a fantastic fast-growing screening plant that puts up 6-10 feet of height and spreads into airy clumps 6-8 feet wide. The undersides of each leaf are a different hue so as they flutter you can enjoy a delightful two-tone effect!

Add a graceful accent to your garden sanctuary with the feathery, arching growth. It won't take long for this speedy plant to give you a mature, established look! Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 7, these vigorous clumping, spreading plants won’t get into trouble in your landscape like some other forms of Bamboo!

Planting and Application:

There are many applications for these special plants. Add just one as a specimen behind a meaningful piece of garden art. This is a terrific choice to use behind patio furniture or as a backdrop to your landscape beds and borders. Run a row of Bamboo between a fence and a path or sidewalk for a lovely rustling journey along the skinny side of your home or garden!

Not only is Clumping Bamboo a must-have for Meditation gardens and Asian-inspired garden areas, but also looks great around the Pool or outdoor seating areas! Relax nearby and enjoy the play of the breeze through your stand.

Use it in a row to create wonderful "Living Walls" to support your outdoor activities. Create fast hedges and property division to hide a messy or nosy neighbor or those more utilitarian landscape aspects!

Clumping Bamboo works beautifully in planters and containers so even balcony gardeners and decks can enjoy pinpoint screening and privacy. Add casters to your planters and create rolling screening that moves where you need it most!

  • Not Invasive Clumping Bamboo
  • Bright Orange-Red Shoots in Spring
  • Fine-Textured Fast Growing Deciduous Grass
  • Arching Canes Add Height & Motion to the Landscape
  • Screening, Privacy, Fast Filler & Coverage

#ProPlantTips for Care:

This plant is easy to care for and grows nearly anywhere in full sun or shaded conditions. It needs well-drained soil, so create a raised planting bed if you suffer from poor drainage. It's best to avoid the hottest places in your landscape for the best performance. Water carefully to establish, and provide supplemental water during long periods of drought from then on. Prune once a year in late winter before new growth appears. Chop the dried shoots and use them as garden mulch in your other garden beds, or add them to your compost pile.

  • Grows in Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Well-Drained Soil
  • Moist to Average Watering Needs
  • Prune Back Early Spring
  • Easy Care & Low-Maintenance

Enjoy the kinetic sight and sound of this very special, non-invasive Bamboo variety! Order expertly grown Dragon Head Bamboo plants from Nature Hills today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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This proprietary eCommerce software prevents the shipment of a restricted plant to each state. The Plant Sentry system includes a shipment certification program. The Plant Sentry Compliance Officer works closely with NatureHills.com and each nursery or fulfillment center to ensure only compliant plants are sold to customers.

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Dragon Head Bamboo Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-7
Growing Zones 5-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Fargesia rufa
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 6 - 10 feet
Mature Spread 6- 8 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Fast
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring