Plant ID forum: Invasive Grass-like Bamboo

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Nutley NJ
BobNJ
May 21, 2018 7:12 AM CST
When I bought my home there was a small patch of a yellow, reed-like plant that grows to be about 4 ft. Due to my inattention and failure to appreciate how invasive it is, it has now overtaken a considerable part of my garden, ~0.15 acre.

Does anyone recognize this plant? Someone told me that it was a species of bamboo.

It is difficult to envision digging up the whole affected area. I would be willing to use an herbicide, but have fruit trees in the area. For the time being I just mow it.



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May 21, 2018 9:06 AM CST

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Looks like a variety of Pleioblastus,
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DaisyI
May 21, 2018 11:43 AM CST
Or Kuma Sasa (Sasa veitchii)
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BobNJ
May 21, 2018 1:37 PM CST
DaisyI said:Or Kuma Sasa (Sasa veitchii)


They do look a great deal like either Pleioblastus or Shibataea Kumasaca. The leaves are variegated yellow-green, die back in the Winter, and seem to me to be fast spreaders. I've never seen the plant in any nursery or garden back East. Thank You!

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