What is this and why is it dying?

Ojai, CA(Zone 9b)

Hello. I am a beginner gardener, just getting to know the plants in my back yard. I love this bamboo or grass-looking plant, and thanks to all the helpful pictures on this forum I think it's Mexican Weeping Bamboo. It's really beautiful, or it was 6 months ago. Now it seems very unhappy and I don't know why.

The picture shows about 10' of its 20' total height. It's on a slope in clay soil and it looks very well established. I'm worried because all of it's leaves seem to be dying. They're half-brown at the base, half yellow-green towards the tips. Is it supposed to do that in the winter? What does it need in order to come back to its beautiful green self?

Thanks in advance for your help!!

This message was edited Nov 6, 2011 8:04 AM

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Brooksville, FL(Zone 9a)

I would say you are right about it being a weeping mexican bamboo. They are so beautiful.

check out www.bamboo.org for more information on the various types of bamboo. I'm the newly elected Membership Chair for the American Bamboo Society.


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