Grows in China to 70′ tall and 5″ in diameter, while locally in Northern California it grows 40′ tall and 2 ½” in diameter. It is a vigorous runner, hardy to -5 degrees. The young culms have a distinctive white powder creating a blue-green tone. As culms mature, they become a pale, yellow green. Excellent tolerance for both drought and wet soil, as well as alkalinity. This is a versatile plant for many uses, such as hedging, erosion control, crafts and fencing.