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Fargesia demissa 'Gerry'

Fargesia demissa is one of the most cold hardy of the Fargesia cultivars. Native to the Gansu province of China, Fargesia demissa is found in the mountainous regions of Lanzhou Shi (mountain) at elevations of 6500 feet (2000m). It is one of the most northernmost bamboos and it's cold hardiness is exceptional, withstanding very unfavourable conditions.

Fargesia demissa last flowered in 2005 and it's seeds produced several different cultivars. Currently there are seven known cultivars and are classified A, B, C, D, E, F and G. Fargesia demissa 'G' (Gerry) is undoubtedly the more attractive and interesting of the cultivars.

Fargesia demissa 'Gerry' exhibits dark purple to almost black culms. A slow grower, culms are openly spaced and grow fairly upright. Small, delicate, lush green leaves contrast well against the blackened culms. New culms emerge with a blue powdery bloom which really makes this bamboo stand out. demissa Gerry is also a shorter stature bamboo, only reaching heights of 6-8' tall. These unique characteristics make this bamboo highly ornamental. Perfect for planters or gardens with small growing spaces needing a nice focal plant. Currently a very rare bamboo in North America, Fargesia demissa 'Gerry' shows great promise and will be highly sought after.

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