photo copyright: Noah Bell, BG 2019
Shibataea kumasaca with a touch of frost covering the leaves.

Photo copyright: Ned Jaquith, BG 2019
Shibataea kumasaca hedge along stairway. Villa Carlota Italy.

Shibataea kumasaca

Height: 7 feet
Hardiness: -5 F
USDA zone 6 through 9

An unique shorter bamboo with dark green leaves. This genus of small bamboos are more closely related to the genus Phyllostachys than other small bamboos. An excellent tall groundcover or short hedge, this species is especially suited to climates similar to that of the Pacific Northwest or the Northeastern US. The bamboo does not do well with alkaline or water-logged soil. It needs acidic conditions to prevent leaf burn. It is sometimes called Ruscus-leafed bamboo, as the shape of the leaves resembles that of the Ruscus genus. This bamboo is very resistant to bamboo mites.

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Photo copyright: Ned Jaquith, 2003
 A 2 gallon Shibataea kumasaca