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Narrow Leaf Bamboo - Pleioblastus linearis
Narrow Leaf Bamboo is an excellent choice for a privacy screen or accent around a water feature. It's super cold hardy and evergreen to 5 degrees F. More details below

Narrow Leaf Bamboo - Pleioblastus linearis

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Linearis Narrow Leaf Bamboo
Pleioblastus linearis

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 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

Pleioblastus linearis, commonly called Narrow Leaf Bamboo, is a vigorous runner with long, narrow grass-like leaves. In ideal climates it can reach up to 14 feet in height and loves full sun. An excellent choice for low privacy screening or accent bamboo around a water feature. Evergreen and cold hardy to 5 degrees F. In Okinawa, the culms with leaves still attached are used as roofing material.

Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-11  Find Your Zone 
Type: Running 
Height: Up to 14'
Spread: 3'+ with no control
Culm Diameter: 1"
Sun: Full to Mostly Sun is best
Soil: Average
Growth Rate: Fast, vigorous
Salt Tolerance: High (Salt spray, minor flooding, wind)

Landscape & Other Uses

Containers/Pots: Good
Crafts: Good
Edible: Okay, small
Hedge: Excellent
Indoor: 4 hours min. sun
Ornamental: Excellent
Privacy Screen: Good
Specimen: In containers or when controlled in ground
Wood Quality: Good

Cultural Preferences

Narrow Leaf 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. 

Narrow Leaf Bamboo 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.

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