Attractive, dark green leaves which, toward winter, develop a bold, quasi-variegated effect. The leaf edges actually die back to form a decorative, tan/cream white margin. New growth during spring and summer restores the planting to a solid green appearance.Leaves can be up to 10″ long. Likes shade and moisture, grows 3′ to 5′ tall, and is hardy to -10 degrees.
Fun Fact: Kuma in Japanese commonly means “bear,” but in this instance the sound uses a different character, and Kuma-zasa means “edge bamboo” referring to the light edged leaves! (Thanks to Professor Chris Burgess for this interesting language fact; read his original article here.)