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Chusquea culeou 'Bluebird'

Common Name:

Plant Type:
Poaceae (The Grass Family)
Geographic Origin:
South America
California Native?:
Plant Size:
10-20 feet
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Foundation plantings
Flowering Season:
Seldom produced
Flower Color:
Not applicable
Sun or light shade
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 10 degrees F. or less
Chusqueas are clumping bamboos of the western hemisphere. Their most distinctive feature is a dense circle of slender branchlets, and sometimes larger branches from which new plants develop, at each of the upper nodes. This gives them nearly the appearance of a giant Equisetum. Chusquea culeo forms dense clumps to 10-20 feet high with bunches of dark green leaves. The Suncrest Nurseries selection 'Bluebird' has bluer stems than other selections and it appears to be hardier than the typical species.