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Summertown, Tn. 38483-7323   U.S.A

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Phyllostachys vivax—no “common” name.  Bamboo people just call it Vivax.                
 Evergreen down to -5ºF.  Can reach 70 feet and gets large quickly but its thin walls
make it risky in areas
subject to wet snow or ice. Unsuitable for structural work.
Vivax in an opening at wood’s edge.
P.vivax 'Aureocaulis'
A cultivar having yellow
canes with green strips.
With a little grooming (mostly the
annual removal of dead or broken
Vivax can make a beautiful
and inviting open grove, as shown.
Pleioblastus distichus ‘Mini’ – Dwarf Startip Bamboo        
 One foot ground cover, prefers some shade, USDA Zones 6-9.  The smallest of the ground cover
bamboos – can be mowed at about 3 inches as a lawn as shown in first picture taken at Prafrance (a
Bamboo Park and Arboretum in the South of France).
At right -- Close-up of unmowed ‘Mini’ – usual maintenance as with most Bamboo ground covers is to
mow it to the ground once each year at the end of winter.    
Pleioblastus nagashima – no English name
 To 7’ tall, part shade to full sun hardy to -5ºF.  We first had Nagashima in bright shade, as
recommended by the then literature, where it struggled to reach 3 feet tall, but when we
decided to test it in full sun, it quickly reached the seven feet shown!  The road through the
middle is maintained by occasionally running the “Bush Hog” through it.
Pleioblastus viridistriatus – Dwarf Green Stripe Bamboo
 To 3 feet tall.  Chartreuse leaves with dark green stripes – glows in shade and on dark
cloudy days!  Mow once a year in late winter to maximize color and keep height at around
18”.  Shown at the base of a landscape tree near Baltimore.  The perimeter is
determined/maintained by regular mowing.
Pseudosasa japonica – Arrow Bamboo;
 Sun or shade, to 18 feet, USDA Zones 7-10.  Popular for mid-size screens – has upright canes
and largish leaves and persistent culm sheaths.
At woods edge by one of our ponds –
it is slowly moving into the shade at the
back and is mowed on the near side.
By Adam’s sister’s house near San Diego  
-- control is by foot traffic.  Kicking over
errant shoots is an effective technique.
Sasa kurilensis ‘Shimofuri’ – Pinstripe Kurile Bamboo;
 Height to 10 feet.  The most northerly, naturally occurring bamboo (50ºN. lat.) has large
leaves with clear but subtle white pinstripes – makes a nice specimen.  Its shoots, though
small, are among the most prized (and pricey!) in Japanese markets.
Sasa palmata – Palm Leaf Bamboo;
 Best in bright shade with little or no winter sun, to 3 meters, USDA Zones 7-9.  Shown as
a specimen clump at Prafrance.  It also does very well near Philadelphia.  Here in the
upper South, it is the favorite with Bamboo mites and consequently a challenge to raise.
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