Genus: Phyllostachys

Phyllostachys

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Aitken
(Phyllostachys)
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Poaceae
Plants in the genus Phyllostachys are medium-sized and large bamboos hailing from East Asia and the Himalayas. They are evergreen and spread by rhizomes, although they are more clump-forming in cooler climates. Leaves are yellow-green, light green, or dark green and arise from hollow, grooved culms that often zigzag from node to node. Their elegant form is great in containers, as specimens, or in a border. They love a woodland setting.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Evergreen bamboos with elegant form and foliage.
Care:  Phyllostachys need fertile, organic soil that is moist but well drained. Full sun or dappled shade. If grown in containers, use a soil-based mix and fertilize monthly. Shelter from cold, drying winds where not hardy.
Propagation: 

Divide in spring.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Phyllostachys

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Black bamboo
Phyllostachys nigra
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Nuda bamboo
Phyllostachys nuda
Problems: 

Rust and stem smut are common, while slugs and snails can attack new shoots.