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Albostriata Variegated Bamboo (Sam Bamboo) - Sasaella masamuneana Albostriata
Also known as "Sam Bamboo," Albostriata is an extremely attractive, variegated bamboo excellent for use as a groundcover, maintaining a fresh appearance throughout the year. More details below

Albostriata Variegated Bamboo (Sam Bamboo) - Sasaella masamuneana Albostriata

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Albostriata Variegated Bamboo
Sasaella masamuneana 'Albostriata'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6A-11   Find Your Zone 

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6a, where this Bamboo variety is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

Also known as "Sam Bamboo," Albostriata is an extremely attractive, variegated bamboo excellent for use as a groundcover, maintaining a fresh appearance throughout the year. It also makes a great house plant. The shiny, creamy yellow leaves are lined with dark green and turn more yellow in summer. It holds its color well even through winter. We recommend an annual shearing or mowing in late winter to encourage fresh new variegated growth.




Landscape & Other Uses

Containers/Pots: Excellent
Crafts: Poor
Edible: Too small
Hedge: Low hedge
Indoor: 2 hours min. sun
Ornamental: Excellent
Privacy Screen: Excellent
Specimen: In container
Wood Quality: Thin




Cultural Preferences

Albostriata Variegated Bamboo is easy to grow in any average, well-drained but moist soil in part shade to shade. During the first growing season after planting, water as needed to keep soil around the plants moist, but not soggy or wet. When established, most bamboo will tolerate periods of dry weather, however, will appreciate an occasional deep soaking if the leaves begin to curl from drought stress. 

Albostriata is a running bamboo, which means it spreads. Bamboo can be controlled in a small area (a normal city yard) simply by mowing or stepping on the young shoots. New shoots of some bamboo can also be used for culinary purposes and cooked, much like asparagus. Keep in mind that running bamboo only puts up new shoots for a short time each year and, when they are "shooting," the new plants are very fragile and easy to destroy. Root pruning or a Bamboo Root Barrier are other methods to control spread.








Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6-11  Find Your Zone 
Type: Clumping, Running
Height: 3 to 6'
Spread: 3'+ if not controlled
Culm Diameter: 1/4"
Sun: Part Shade, AM Sun with Afternoon Shade
Soil: Average
Growth Rate: Fast



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