A handsome, medium sized species with dark green, shiney leaves and green culms. Excellent for fast-growing, dense screens and hedges. Exceptionally hardy, withstanding temperatures to -15 degrees. If mulched, the rhizomes alone can probably withstand -30 degrees and shoot again in the spring. Does well in a wide range of light conditions. Grows to 23′ tall and 1″ in diameter in the climate of origin and 15-18′ tall in the SF Bay Area, but can be pruned to any height. Vigorous runner.