A genus of dwarf running bamboos most of which have wide, short leaves. Most are from Japan and are useful in the garden for ground cover, contrasting texture and container plants. They usually get no taller than 6', have one branch at each node, and look best grown in some shade. Shooting is in the spring.
(SAKLS) A hardy bamboo from the Kuril Islands, the northernmost islands of Japan. A subtly variegated form displaying green leaves covered with white pinstripes. Leaves are about 6-8" long and 1 1/2-2" wide. Grows 6' tall, hardy to 0 F.
(SANAG) Creates discrete clumps about 6' tall with semi-dark green leaves and culms. Leaves are 1 ¼" x 6 ½". Good ground or container plant which is hardy to 0 degrees and likes indirect light all day, to half-day morning sun.
(SAO) A vigorous dwarf bamboo with large wavy leaves that grows to 6’ tall locally, this shrub tolerates both hot summers and cold winters without to much leaf burn. Hardy to 0ºF, and prefers half day direct sun.
(SAPN) Valued by many for its large leaved, tropical appearance. It commonly grows up to 15' in Japan, 8' tall in Northern California, and only 3' in Southern California. Leaves can reach 15" in length and 4" in width. Hardy to -10 degrees and a vigorous runner.
(SAT) Attractive dark green foliage with leaves reaching 7" in length. Makes interesting texture under trees. Grows to 6' and is hardy to -20 degrees.
(SAV) Attractive dark green leaves which, toward winter, develop a bold, quasi-variegated effect. The leaf edges actually die back to form a decorative, tan margin. New growth during spring and summer restores the planting to a solid green appearance. Likes shade and moisture, grows 3' to 5' tall, and is hardy to -10 degrees.
(SAVM) Similar to SAV, but shorter and has smaller leaves with decorative browned edges. This ground cover bamboo only reaches 10-24" tall. Mow annually in late winter or early spring. Hardy to 10 degrees, and can do well with good indirect light to full sun.
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