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James H. Schutte
Dwarf Greenstripe Bamboo, Running Bamboo
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Wherever this bright bamboo grows, it literally jumps out of its surroundings to become the focal point of the garden. Many consider it the first and finest of all yellow stripe bamboos. It is a knee to thigh-tall species found at woodland edges of Japan and China illustrating a preference for moist forest floor conditions and moderate exposure. The leaves bear a strong yellow or chartreuse coloring with dark green pin stripes for a bold look. Occasionally an all yellow cane may appear. Clums emerge purple green and then mature to more overall green colored canes.
Though this group is typically running bamboo, its rootstock is well behaved and not particularly invasive. While it may occasionally produce a flower, it has no history of gregarious flowering, making all plants in cultivation identical clones. This is a very hardy bamboo that withstands significant cold, then frost damaged canes are cut to the ground in spring to encourage regrowth. This gives the plants a fresh, bright coloring that looks best in the summer garden. Short stature, great color and modest behavior makes this the best bamboo for smaller gardens where it thrives both in ground and in containers. It is fabulous planted in large glazed Asian style containers.
12 - 7
7 - 11
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Sedge or Rush
Partial Sun, Partial Shade
2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Summer, Fall
Yellow, Green, Chartreuse
Feature Plant, Hedges
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