Chusquea culeou 'Hillier'
Height: 9'- 12' (?)
Diameter: 3/4 inch
Recommended for USDA zone 8-9
This bamboo has unique form and texture and is the shortest variation
of the diverse species: C. culeou. A compact bamboo with
tiny leaves and short branches, giving it a very tufted, upright appearance.
Leaves are a nice, wintergreen color. It has shown very promising hardiness
at our nursery when compared to other C.
growing in the same vicinity (survived 10°F without any significant damage
to the foliage). Seed originally collected by Hillier Nursery in the UK from
a flowering mother plant that presumably came from Chile. All
seedlings from this parent plant showed very similar characteristics, and
are distinctly different from other variations of
'Hillier' is still rare and in limited production, but it has certainly
earned a place in our collection.
Photo copyright: Noah Bell, Bamboo Garden, 2019
A frosty December morning; James Clever and George Gearhart admire a
nice specimen of C. culeou 'Hillier' at Bamboo Garden.
Photo copyright: Noah Bell,
Bamboo Garden, 2019