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Green Onion Bamboo - Pseudosasa japonica Tsutsumiana
Green Onion is a unique and attractive bamboo sought by many gardeners and collectors alike. The large, swollen internodes resembling green onions. The dark green leaves are up to 12 inches in length, adding even more appeal to this variety...scroll down for more details and planting tips

Green Onion Bamboo - Pseudosasa japonica Tsutsumiana

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Green Onion Bamboo
Pseudosasa japonica 'Tsutsumiana'

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 6-11  Find Your Zone 

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6a, where this Bamboo is not 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

Green Onion is a unique running bamboo sought by gardeners and collectors alike. The large, swollen internodes, which resemble green onions, is what makes this species so unusual. The dark green leaves are up to 12 inches in length, adding even more appeal in the landscape. It is very erect in habit growing up to 18 feet tall in the ground and around 8 feet tall in containers. This one is special and is sought by many gardeners and collectors.




Landscape & Other Uses

Containers/Pots: Good - Do not leave container specimens outdoors during the winter months as roots will be exposed to colder air temperatures and plants will not survive.
Crafts: Excellent
Edible: Too small
Hedge: Excellent
Indoor: 2 hours min. sun
Ornamental: Excellent
Privacy Screen: Excellent
Specimen: Okay in containers or when controlled in ground
Wood Quality: Good




Cultural Preferences

Green Onion Bamboo is easy to grow in any average, well-drained but moist soil and full to mostly sun. 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. 

Green Onion 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 Cold Hardiness Zones: 6-11  Find Your Zone 
Type: Running
Height: Up to 18' in ground, 8 feet or so in containers
Spread: 5'+ if not controlled
Culm Diameter: 3/4"
Sun: Part Shade, AM Sun with Afternoon Shade or Filtered Sun is best
Soil: Average
Growth Rate: Moderate



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