Bright green culms sometimes develop characteristic internodal swelling when subject to high summer heat. In humid, warm climates it can grow 55′ tall and 2 ¼” in diameter. Cold hardy to 18 degrees. Makes interesting subject for bonsai.
- Origin: Southern China
- Minimum Temperature: 18 F.
- Size in climate of origin: 55’ tall, 2.25” diam
- Sun/Shade: Full sun down to a half-day of morning sun
- Recommended Uses: Screen or hedge, bonsai
- Description: Bright green culms sometimes develop characteristic internodal swelling when subject to high summer heat. In humid, warm climates it can grow 55′ tall and 2 ¼” in diameter. Cold hardy to 18 degrees. Makes interesting subject for bonsai. Shoots are quite edible.
- Shooting Season: Shoots year ‘round
- Ideal growing conditions: Full sun to a half-day of afternoon sun, hot & humid summers, plenty of water and good drainage.
- Acceptable growing conditions: Will survive with less than ideal conditions. Known for being relatively drought tolerant and salt tolerant, so will do ok in ocean environments and desert climates with warm winters. Grows shorter in arid climates and colder winters. May be grown indoors with bright light or a full day of sun.
- Special Care: Causes of the formation of “bellies” is somewhat of a mystery. Factors seems to be high summer head and moderate water deprivation, coupled with space constrictions. Pot-bound plants seem to do it more, while plants in the open ground often make very few bellies. One can try to force them in a potted plant by giving a measured amount of water, just enough to trickle out the bottom a little, and then giving the same amount of water only after the leaves begin to fold (wilt) a little. Shoots that are “born” in these conditions seem to develop bellies more often.
- Size Locally in open ground: 25’ tall, 1” in diam