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BAMBUSA textilis 'Kanapaha'

Image of Bambusa textilis 'Kanapaha'

Mark A. Miller

Family

Poaceae

Botanical Name

BAMBUSA textilis 'Kanapaha'

Plant Common Name

Clumping Bamboo, Kanapaha Weaver's Bamboo, Weaver's Bamboo

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

Weaver’s bamboo is a clumping tropical bamboo native to southeastern China. This is popular species for furniture and weaving as well as in the landscape. The selection ‘Kanapaha’ is named for the botanical gardens in Gainesville, Florida where it was found. It is a stunning plant with powder-blue culms which are very tall growing.

All bamboos are grasses with woody-type stems called culms which are divided into sections ringed with leaf scars at the nodes. Weaver’s bamboo has tall thin-walled culms which gracefully arch. They are smooth with no teeth or spines and branch on the upper half. The culms often emerge green with a bluish or powdery sheath covering; ‘Kanapaha’ retains the blue color on the culms. The leaves are linear to lance-shaped, pedant and produced in pairs.

Flowering in bamboo is unusual, the flowers are similar to other grasses and the fruits grain-like, but the conditions and age of the plant necessary for bloom production are not completely understood. The process seems to occur between two and seven years of age; many bamboos decline and some die after flowering. Since seed are rare, most bamboos are reproduced by division of the clumps.

Bamboo is a tropical grass and prefers moist well-drained soil and full sun. Weaver’s bamboo is one of the most cold tolerant and will take a few degrees below freezing for a few hours. The spread of this bamboo is slow, the rhizomes or underground stems grow only a short distance from the clump before sending up new culms. Weaver’s bamboos are great plants for containers and make easy to grow, low maintenance in or outdoor screens and hedges.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    11 - 8

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Grass

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    15'-50' / 4.6m - 15.2m

  • Width

    6'-20' / 1.8m - 6.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Hedges, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No