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Pseudosasa japonica

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pseudosasa (soo-do-sa-sa) (Info)
Species: japonica (juh-PON-ih-kuh) (Info)

Synonym:Arundinaria japonica
Synonym:Sasa japonica

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Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Grown for foliage

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

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

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2 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Hikaro_Takayama On Apr 20, 2012, Hikaro_Takayama from Fayetteville, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I've had this plant in the ground for about 4 years here in zone 6b, and it has survived and even spread out a bit, but during the winter it usually loses a fair bit of top growth due to a combination of cold temperatures and ravenous rabbits. I have, however, seen HUGE, healthy stands of this plant at the Pittsburgh zoo, so I'm not sure if they started with bigger/better specimens than I did (I dug mine up from a place in Annapolis, MD), or they have a favorable enough microclimate to compensate for the usual severely cold winters in Pittsburgh, or a combination of the two.

Positive baiissatva On Aug 29, 2010, baiissatva from Dunedin
New Zealand wrote:

Zone 9 coastal otago nz

This is an incredibly elegant bamboo with long, emerald green pendant leaves and slim culms, ultimate height seeming to depend very much on location. It tolerates high winds, almost complete shade (fabulous under large trees) and in my conditions (heavy clay, relatively mild winters, medium rainfall, no ground freezes) it is spreading only slowly. Rhizomes are heading outward at about a hand's distance per yea; it's by no means going crazy. I have it contained in a raised, dedicated bed.

However, it has a reputation as a 'runner' under the right conditions so bear that in mind. Plant it, watch it like a hawk and see if it's inclined to put out tentacles. A lot of bamboo species with bad reputations might behave well according to your unique situation so don't write this one off, it's super-beautiful and provides a lot of exotic atmosphere. In nontropical zones, I've never found running species very difficult to deal with anyway; a sharp spade is usually enough control in a regularly tended garden.
It's unfussiness is a bonus- it doesn't lean toward light like many shaded bamboos tend to do.

I give it no attention aside from some dilute manure to promote attractive foliage, but if it wasn't planted in a moist area, I would water it once a week during dry summers just to keep it looking pretty. Many skanky-looking bamboos are just underwatered.

Not much else to say, other than it's a great all round species, just watch the suckering if you don't have much room. Happy in containers.


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

Vista, California
Trenton, Florida
Abingdon, Maryland
Centreville, Maryland
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Greencastle, Pennsylvania
Newport News, Virginia
Seattle, Washington

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