Shibatea kumasasa (Japan)
Habit: Compact, upright, 0.6-1.00 (1.5) m, covering large areas.
Leaves: Evergreen, lanceolate, 6-10 cm long, 2-3 cm broad; first dark green then bright green above greyish beneath; dense fan-like foliage.
Culms: Zig-zag grown, slightly triangular or elliptical profile, first pale green, later bronze green; conspicuously thick nodes; very early budding, partially from the end of March.
Roots: Shallow, rarely any rhizomes, but numerous densely growing shoots.
Demands: No direct sunlight to semi-shade, likes warmth, moderately frost hardy up to -23°C, likes high humidity, tolerates wind.
Soil: Fresh to moist, slightly acidic to alkaline.
Our advice: Being a non-invasive bamboo, this species is a perfect hedge plant. Nevertheless a rhizome barrier is recommended.
Hardiness: Zone 7a