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BAMBUSA vulgaris 'Vittata'

Image of Bambusa vulgaris 'Vittata'

Carol Cloud Bailey

Family

Poaceae

Botanical Name

BAMBUSA vulgaris 'Vittata'

Plant Common Name

Clumping Bamboo, Common Bamboo, Painted Bamboo

Special Notice

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

General Description

Common bamboo ‘Vittata’ is valued as an ornamental species. It bears golden yellow culms with thing dark green vertical lines or striations.

Common bamboo is grown and naturalized throughout the subtropical and tropical regions of the world. It is native to SE Asia. This bamboo is used in construction of everything from structures to boats to musical instruments. It has long been cultivated for medicinal uses and is favored as an ornamental for screens and hedges. Common bamboo is not used as a vegetable or animal fodder.

All bamboos are grasses with woody-type stems called culms which are divided into sections ringed with leaf scars at the nodes. Common bamboo ‘Vittata’ has tall golden-yellow and deep- green striped thick-walled culms which grow straight. They are smooth with no teeth or spines and branch on the lower portions of the culms. The culms often emerge green with a sheath covered with dark brown hairs. The leaves are linear to lance-shaped 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. Though clumping, common bamboo can spread into large areas. Common bamboo will take some frost but is damaged or killed by prolonged freezing temperatures. This bamboo is best grown where its growth can be controlled such as in containers. It is considered a weedy species in some locations. For more information about its invasiveness, see the Global Invasive Species Database at http://www.issg.org/database/species/ecology.asp?si=1399&fr=1&sts=&lang=EN

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 9

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 12

  • Plant Type

    Grass

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    15'-50' / 4.6m - 15.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Southeastern Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Very Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Yes

  • Self-Sowing

    No