Pleioblastus auricomus

Scientific name: Pleioblastus auricomus

Synonym: Arundinaria auricoma, Arundinaria viridistriata, Pleioblastus viridistriatus


Common names: “Kamuro-zasu” “kamuro-zasa”

Plant Type: Evergreen perennial bamboo


Zone: 7-11

Light: Full sun for best colour

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Fertile humus

Moisture: Moist well drained


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Plant Size: H 3-5′ W 5′

Leaf and Stem shape: Compact colony of erect, purplish-green canes, with narrow, yellow and green striped leavesImage result for pleioblastus auricomus

Pruning: Thin out older canes to improve appearance, leave low growing leaves to shade lower stems

Maintenance: Low, enjoys compost and manure feeding, benefits from a dose of fish fertilizer in the spring, leave the leaves as mulch

Landscape use: Low hedges and screens, Japanese garden, pond garden

Propagate: By division

Pests & Disease: Bamboo mite is very common

*Deer resistant

Comments: ~AGM winner, may become a little invasive in warm, moist conditions but generally considered a clumping bamboo, native to Japan

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