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Pleioblastus fortunei Variegata



One of the earliest bamboos to reach England, nearly 150yrs ago, Pleioblastus fortunei remains one of the very best to grow in semi-shade. The bright, creamy-white variegation is perfect for illuminating dark areas whilst the sedately meandering roots allow this plant to always complement its neighbours, never swamp them. Best when it gets sufficient light to bring out the colour and sufficient moisture to prevent leaf scorch. Another tip is if old stems are cut back to the ground each spring before new growth appears, keeping it fresh - older stems can look leggy and scruffy.

  • Origin: Introduced from Japan
  • Genus: Pleioblastus
  • Species: fortunei
  • Synonym: Pleioblastus variegatus
  • Situation: Sun or part shade, moist well-drained soil
  • Eventual height: 1.5m
  • Eventual spread: 1.5m
  • Hardiness: Fully hardy
  • Skill level: Easy

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