Pleioblastus fortunei ‘Variegata’

dwarf white-striped bamboo

(1 customer review)


Pleioblastus fortunei ‘Variegata’ is a fast-growing evergreen bamboo with striking creamy-white and green striped leaves that will add a unique and vibrant look to any landscape. This bamboo is easy to maintain and is fairly drought-tolerant, making it ideal for those with busy lifestyles. With its graceful arching canes, this bamboo is sure to add a touch of elegance to any garden.


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Origin: central Japan
Genus: Pleioblastus
Species / Cultivar: fortunei 'Variegata'
Common Name: dwarf white-striped bamboo
Synonym: Pleioblastus variegatum

Plant Biography

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.

Pleioblastus fortunei 'Variegata'
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Fast
Expect to see prolific growth, especially during growing season.
Water Requirement: High
Likely to require supplementary watering in warmer months, even once established.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Part Shade
Enjoys several hours of direct sunlight but may enjoy dappling or shade at midday.
Eventual Height: 1 - 1.2m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.5 - 1.0m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Care & size guidance

Care & size guidance

Pleioblastus fortunei Variegata grows vigorously in rich soils and may become invasive, while in poor soils tends to have a clumping habit.

It performs very well in pots also, however every 3-4 years it will require repotting to refresh the soil that gets depleted of nutrients.

In the ground it’s recommended to contain the bamboo with bamboo control root barrier to prevent it from becoming invasive.

For a thick hedge or clump, water frequently and feed with high nitrogen slow release fertiliser twice a year.

The plant can be easily trimmed and scruffy canes can be cut to the ground in spring.

Expert Tip

The Dwarf White-striped bamboo is an plant that can be used for hedging. Simply plant the bamboo in trenches lined with root barrier around the perimeter and trim twice a year to the desired height for a neat hedge .

1 customer review for Pleioblastus fortunei ‘Variegata’

Slightly underwhelmed with this plant. Pot size as expected but not much of the plant within. Have bought these before. Am hoping that when the weather improves, the plant will spring into life and become the showstopper in my border that I’d planned.

Janet Budd (verified owner)