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A lady bug resting on the new shoot of P. decora.

Phyllostachys decora
Common Name: "Beautiful Bamboo"
Synonymous with P. mannii 'Decora'

Expected Height: 30-35 feet
Diameter: 2.5 inches
Hardiness: -10 F
USDA Zone recommended 6 through 10

This bamboo has very straight upright culms with masses of drooping foliage and shiny dark green leaves. The new shoots have distinct and colorful culm sheaths (see photos below). Native to the Yangtze valley of China where it is referred to by the locals as "Beautiful Bamboo".  It is a fine bamboo for a tall dense screen.  Thought to be synonymous with Phyllostachys mannii.

"It is one of the best performers under the stress of desert heat, cold, and drought"
                        --
The American Bamboo Society, Source List

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     photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2006
"Beautiful Bamboo" with colorful culm sheaths on the new shoots

Photo copyright: Dain Sansome, 2003