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Sunburst Bamboo
Bambusa pervariabilis 'Viridistriata'

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Bambusa (bam-BOO-suh) (Info)
Species: pervariabilis
Cultivar: Viridistriata


Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo


over 40 ft. (12 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Los Angeles, California

San Leandro, California

Loxahatchee, Florida

Miami, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 15, 2015, Cocobalanga from Viviers
France wrote:

I grow one outside below a Sophora japonica and it has never injures by the frost. Three years ago 11F. Nice culm but grow slowly. Viviers 07220 France. Z8


On Jan 21, 2005, tropicalbamboo from Loxahatchee, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

A stunning bamboo that grows erect and tall with dense branching and small leaves. Branches to the ground so it must be groomed annually if you want to show off the lower culms. Good hardiness for a tropical bamboo - has shown no damage at a sustained temperature of 24 degrees F.
Performed well in the recent Florida hurricanes.