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Arrow Bamboo - Pseudosasa japonica

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Arrow Bamboo
Pseudosasa japonica

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-11 (6b?)  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7a, 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

Arrow Bamboo is a very beautiful species with erect canes that are nearly covered in long pointed leaves which can reach up to one foot long by 1.5 inches wide. When left alone and not thinned, this is one of the best bamboo for a solid screen or hedge that tops out at 12 to 16 feet in height. The lush foliage starts just above the ground providing an excellent visual barrier. It tolerates shade and works very well for stabilizing creek banks and other areas prone to erosion. This species is wind and salt tolerant but is less resistant to dryness, and is quite cold tolerant to -10 F when mulched well.

Arrow Bamboo doesn't spread nearly as much as other running species. It is very easy to control and makes a beautiful specimen plant in home foundation plantings, Asian themed gardens, woodland gardens, or landscape borders, and does equally as well in pots or other containers. 

Landscape & Other Uses

Containers/Pots: Excellent
Crafts: Excellent
Edible: Too small
Hedge: Excellent
Indoor: Excellent
Ornamental: Excellent
Privacy Screen: Excellent
Wood Quality: Good

Cultural Preferences

Arrow Bamboo is very easy to grow and low maintenance. It is a tough and very versatile bamboo that grows well in most any average soil that is moist but well-drained and sun or shade. That said, it does best with morning sun and some shade or filtered sun during the mid afternoon hours. 

Arrow Bamboo is a running bamboo, which means it spreads, but it's a very slow spreader that we almost consider clumping. 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.

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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-11 (6b?)  Find Your Zone
Type: Running, slow.
Height: 12-18'
Spread:  3'+ with no control
Culm Diameter: .75"
Soil:  Moist but well-drained 
Sun:  Sun or Shade
Growth Rate:  Moderate

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