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PLEIOBLASTUS viridistriatus

Image of Pleioblastus viridistriatus

James H. Schutte

Family

Poaceae

Botanical Name

PLEIOBLASTUS viridistriatus

Plant Common Name

Dwarf Greenstripe Bamboo, Running Bamboo

Special Notice

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

General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 7

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    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

  • Plant Type

    Sedge or Rush

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Native To

    China, Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Yellow, Green, Chartreuse

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Yellow, Green, Chartreuse

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Green, Chartreuse

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Yellow, Green, Chartreuse

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Bark Color

    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

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Hedges

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    No