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Pseudosasa

This Asian genus consists of small to medium sized, running bamboos with usually one and never more than three branches per node. Good as a hedge or ground cover. Shoots in the spring.
Pseudosasa japonica "Arrow Bamboo"
Pseudosasa japonica 'Pleioblastoides'
Pseudosasa japonica 'Tsutsumiana'
Pseudosasa usawai
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Pseudosasa japonica "Arrow Bamboo" click for photo of Pseudosasa japonica  "Arrow Bamboo"

(PSJ) Known as "Arrow Bamboo" for its historic use, this bamboo produces thin, strong, and straight green culms which retain the light brown culm sheaths for about 6 months. In full sun it makes an attractive 15' tall, dense screen with large dark green leaves. In shade, it grows a lighter green and more openly. Hardy to 0 degrees. Tolerant to salt air, wind and drought.
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Pseudosasa japonica 'Pleioblastoides'

(PSJP) Similar to the basic species, this japonica is drought, wind, and salt tolerant. It is good for hedges up to about 8' in height in N. Cal, though it grows to 18' in the climate of origin. It is distinctive in that its culms turn somewhat reddish when receiving full sun on the culm itself, but otherwise both culms and leaves are dark green. Also, it has three branches at each node instead of just one. Cold hardy to 0 F.
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Pseudosasa japonica 'Tsutsumiana' click for photo of Pseudosasa japonica  'Tsutsumiana'

(PSJT) Also known as "Scallion Bamboo." Similar to the above, except it is lower growing and develops interesting, bulging internodes and only grows 10' tall.
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Pseudosasa usawai

(PSU) Imported from Taiwan in 1981, where it grows to 15' tall and ¾" in diameter, this plant takes part to full sun and is hardy to at least 10 degrees. Not a great deal is known about this plant, as it is new to cultivation.

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