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Chusquea gigantea (breviglumis)

Common Name:

Plant Type:
Poaceae (The Grass Family)
Geographic Origin:
Central America
California Native?:
Plant Size:
To 15 feet+
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Foundation plantings
Flowering Season:
Seldom produced
Flower Color:
Not applicable
Sun or light shade
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Regular to moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 15-20 degrees F.
This is a sturdy clumping bamboo with arching, dark green stems to 15 feet or more. The nodes are enlarged and partly circled by brushes of mostly 6-12 inch branchlets. The leaves are small and bright green in color. Chusqueas are elegant container subjects, though the size of the container needed will be substantial. Sun or light shade, reasonably well drained soil, regular watering.