Forty or more species of Pleioblastus
are native to Asia. They are running bamboos
and, as such, can be agressive in the garden. Generally, shorter bamboo species
send their underground rhizomes relatively shorter distances than taller
bamboos. Non-running or clumping types, such as the Bambusa species, are better suited for the small garden.
Tsuboi dwarf bamboo is a selection of a species native to Japan. It was
selected for the attractive white-stripe variegation on its leaves. It is
unclear whether different clones exist under this name or if growing conditions
determine the height. One grower recommends cutting the clump to the ground in
spring every other year to maintain a compact clump.
See these plants at University Center.
Various sources list this plant’s height as two feet tall to eight feet tall.
Light: part shade
Water: moist, not very drought tolerant
Soil: adaptable, no special requirements
This should be an easy plant for northeast Florida gardens. Information in literature
is sparse and sometimes conflicting.
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