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Photo copyright: Ned Jaquith 2005

Photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2008
Close up of white striped foliage.

 

Pseudosasa japonica 'Akebonosuji' 
Common Name: Akebonosuji

Maximum Height: 18 feet
Diameter: 1 inch
Hardiness: 0 F
Recommended for USDA zone 7 through 10

This unusual variegated form has some leaves highly variegated and some that are akebono style (whitish fading to light green; see
Pseudosasa japonica 'Akebono'). Often, however, most leaves can be green, requiring removal of some culms to maintain the plant variegation. Like the species, it is one of the best bamboos for a windy or seaside planting. It also makes an excellent screen, is a good choice for a container, and is quite happy indoors. The leaves, 5 to 13 inches long by 1.75 inches wide, are much larger than the leaves of other hardy bamboos of similar size. The culm sheaths are persistent.

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