Photo copyright: Noah Bell, Bamboo Garden

Photo Noah Bell, Bamboo Garden 2005
White margin on edge of leaves,  late fall and winter

Photo Noah Bell, Bamboo Garden  2009
Transitional colors, mid October

Photo Ned Jaquith, Bamboo Garden  2005
Close up leaves in summer

Sasa veitchii

Tall groundcover bamboo
Expected Height: 2 to 5 feet
Hardiness: 0 F
USDA zone 6 through 9

Our most sought after Sasa, this species is grown for leaves that wither at the margins in fall, giving it a very unusual look of dark green leaves with white edges. For the most striking look, it is best used as a groundcover in a shady area. It is fine for full sun here in the Pacific Northwest. Sasa veitchii will grow to between 3 and 5 feet when left alone, but it can be kept shorter by cutting it to the ground after its spring flush of growth. For a taller plant, cut Sasa veitchii to the ground very early in the spring before new growth starts. It should be evergreen, with the whitish margins to Zone 7.

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photo copyright: Ned Jaquith  2006
                 Sasa veitchii in circle drive


photo copyright: Noah Bell,  2005
Ice crystals coating the edge of a Sasa veitchii leaf