Arrow Bamboo (Pseudosasa japonica)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 12 to 16 feet
Plant Spread: 12 to 25 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Underground structures: Rhizome
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

mass in a backyard

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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2013-11-13mass in a backyard
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2013-11-13stems and leaves
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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jan 23, 2019 12:29 PM

I suddenly came upon a mass of Bamboo behind a garage next to a church in town. At first I thought I found Giant Cane (Arundinaria gigantea) but the leaves were too dark and glossy and others in the Pennsylvania Native Plant Society told me it was this Japanese & Korean species. It is one of the most widespread bamboos planted in the USA from Zone 6 southward. Its shiny, evergreen leaves are 5 to 13 inches long by 1.75 inches wide. Its canes (culms) get about 1 inch wide. It spreads powerfully by the underground stems called rhizomes. Unfortunately it has escaped cultivation in spots from southern New York into Florida and in California. Its canes were sometimes used for arrows in Japan.

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