BambooThis native of high elevations in central China is a vigorous, rhizomatous bamboo that spreads quickly by runners. It is excellent for erosion control, as a hedge, screen or windbreak, and is also known as “windbreak bamboo”. The strong erect stems (culms) are up to two inches across and have long internodes and a gray-green silvery color. The dark green leaves are about eight inches long and an inch wide. Silver streak bamboo is not for small gardens but is a real asset in a large space where it can grow to its full potential. Because it spreads quickly by runners it should be planted within a root barrier. It is not a good plant for a container as its root system will easily burst the container.

Type: Bamboo

Outstanding Features: Vigorous spread; useful as windbreak and for erosion control

Catalogus KimmeiForm: Upright, columnar

Growth Rate: Very rapid

Bloom: Not applicable

Size: 20-25’ H

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained

Hardiness: Zones 6-10

Care: Low maintenance but should be planted with root barrier to prevent invasiveness

Pests and Diseases: None of significance

Propagation: Division of root system.

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By Karen