A genus of colorful medium size running bamboos from East Asia three branches per node and nearly cylindrical culms. It shares some characteristics of both Phyllostachys and Pleioblastus. Shoots in the summer.
(SEF) Also known as 'Japanese Temple Bamboo' or "Red Temple Bamboo." Fastuosa means tall and stately, and it lives up to its name. The species makes an excellent dense screen 20 to 25' tall with branches and leaves growing closely up the whole length of the culm. It has a straight, vertical growth habit suitable for visual screens in narrow places. Foliage is dark green. The culms are dark green, developing burgundy tones when exposed to sunlight. It is a moderate runner, hardy to -10 degrees, in full to part sun.
(SEFX) Sports very small light green leaves at each node. It grows to 12' tall and 1 ½" in diameter and is good as a screen or hedge. Hardy to 0 degrees and likes half to full day sun.
(SEMK) Graceful low hedge or containerized plant with varying colors through the seasons. Shiny canes are teal green in cool, overcast winter weather, gradually becoming rust as weather warms in spring, and then cranberry in mid-summer in 1/2 to a full-day of sun. As temperatures become cool again, canes revert to partly green, and then are darker red the following summer. Moderate spreader, 15' tall and hardy to 0 degrees.
(SEO) Previously known as Semiarundinaria villosa. This aggressive runner grows to 25' and 1½" in diameter. Hardy to -10 degrees. Leaves are relatively wide for their length and attractively arranged.
(SEYK) Decorative bamboo with almost translucent golden culms which have a slightly zigzagging pale green stripe down the groove. Culms grow 12-15' tall with a maximum of 1" diameter. The dense foliage is green with thin golden stripes. Looks best in full sun, which turns the canes reddish in the fall, but will grow in 1/2-day afternoon sun. Tolerates temperatures down to -5 degrees. Great as medium size screen or container plant.
(SEYKH) Very similar to SEYK, but culms are all yellow with a translucent quality that makes them almost glow in the sun. Culms of this plant can reach 1 ½" in diameter.
(SEYKI) Also similar to SEYK, but culms are light green with a yellow stripe, with culms receiving direct sun turning blackish with a red stripe.
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