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Spotted Leopard Bamboo - Phyllostachys bambusoides Tanakae
Spotted Leopard is a striking bamboo with green canes marked with unusual eliptical purple-brown spots. Like other bambusoides the wood is rock hard...scroll down for more details and planting tips

Spotted Leopard Bamboo - Phyllostachys bambusoides Tanakae

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Spotted Leopard Bamboo
Phyllostachys bambusoides 'Tanakae'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6b-11

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6b, 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

Spotted Leopard Bamboo, Phyllostachys bambusoides 'Tanakae', is a striking bamboo that has green culms (canes) marked with unusual elliptical purple-brown spots. The wood is rock-hard like other bambusoides. The canes are excellent for wood crafts and and flute making.




Landscape & Other Uses

Containers/Pots: Good
Crafts: Good
Edible: Yes, bittter but preferred by some cultures.
Hedge: Good
Indoor: Too large
Ornamental: Good
Privacy Screen: Excellent
Specimen: Yes, when grown in container
Wood Quality: Excellent




Cultural Preferences

Spotted Leopard Bamboo is easy to grow in any average, well-drained but moist soil and full sun to part 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. 

Spotted Leopard 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: 6b-11  Find Your Zone
Type: Running. slow 
Height: Up to 45'
Spread: 5'+ with no control
Culm Diameter: 3"
Sun: Full Sun or Part Shade
Soil: Average
Growth Rate: Fast


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