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Ned Jaquith, 2003
Phyllostachys praecox 'Viridisulcata'
Maximum Height 33 feet
Diameter: 2 inches
Hardiness: 5º F
USDA Zone recommended 7 through
Grown in Zhejiang, Anji, and
Anhui Provinces of China, this is one of our most interesting and rare
bamboos. The culms are yellow with a green sulcus and sometimes bare an
attractive red blush as the new shoots develop. It is also known for its
tasty new shoots, which are often the first to emerge out of the ground in
early spring (hence the name "Early Bamboo"). It has a similar color pattern
aureosulcata ‘Spectabilis’ and
bambusoides ‘Castillon’ but is perhaps even more spectacular.
Random green pinstripes form on other parts of the cane, making it’s
coloration wild and unpredictable. It is best planted as a solitary
specimen, in an area where the display of bright colors can be easily viewed
and enhanced. It has been flowering sporadically for the last couple years,
hopefully we will not loose this cultivar if it ever goes into gregarious
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