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Pseudosasa japonica

Maximum height: 18 ft.
(More often 3 - 5 ft. for us)
Maximum diameter: 1 in.
(More often .25 in. for us)
Minimum temperature: 0ºF
(The roots are at least 10ºF more hardy.)

We dig species in this genus in November or December. They are dug, potted, and overwintered to be ready for sale the following spring. Orders for species in this genus need to be placed in the fall if you need the plants for the following spring.

We occasionally have Pseudosasa japonica and the variety 'Tsutsumiana' available. Very, very limited supply.

This species is known as Arrow Bamboo. This is because during Japan's feudal period samurai used the culms of this species for arrow shafts.

The straight culms with non-prominent nodes provided the aerodynamic properties necessary for these weapons.

This bamboo top kills here during the winter in zone 5, but returns from the roots each spring to lend a tropical look to the garden.

Grown as an ornamental grass here in zone 5, this species behaves more like a clumper than a runner despite its classification. It's quite slow to increase.

Pseudosasa japonica is one of very few bamboo species that can be grown indoors as well as out. When grown indoors a south facing window is preferred.

This is one of the traditional species used in bonsai tray plantings and in penjing.


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