Sasa tsuboiana

Japanese bamboo

Sasa tsuboiana is a low growing, evergreen bamboo, ideal for low hedges or a Japanese-styled garden. It can be used as a groundcover, also or for woodland planting.

The dense foliage of the Japanese bamboo creates almost a solid mass of large elongated leaves.

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Origin: Japan
Genus: Sasa
Species / Cultivar: tsuboiana
Common Name: Japanese bamboo
Synonym: Sasaella tsuboiana

Plant Biography

Sasa tsuboiana bamboo is a species of bamboo native to Japan.

The genus Sasa is a mixed bag. Some species are amongst the finest tropical-looking foliage plants you can grow yet others rank amongst the most pernicious weeds it is possible to introduce into the garden. Technically a spreading bamboo, Sasa tsuboiana is one of the very well behaved bamboos, spreading at a lower pace than other bamboos.

The specific epithet “tsuboiana” refers to the famous Japanese botanist Isuke Tsuboi.

Sasa tsuboiana
Soil: Well drained
Soil that does not show much signs of moisture, either visibly or when handled.
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: Full Sun to Part Shade
Enjoys direct sun most of the day, but tolerant of fewer sunlit hours or light dappling.
Eventual Height: 1.0 -1.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1.5 - 2.0m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Lifecycle: Perennial
This plant is persistant and does not die off after flowering. It will return each season indefinitely, if provided with suitable growing conditions.

Expert Tip

If you need to contain the plant in a very narrow space, bamboo root barrier can be used to make sure the bamboo stays within its designated area.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Sasa tsuboiana is a low maintenance plant,

Slow to establish, they lull the grower into a false sense of security, all the while making impenetrable bunkers underground.

So, with that warning in mind Sasa tsuboiana is one of the more user-friendly of the tribe being only moderately spreading.

Large 25cm glossy leaves, held erect on tough pencil think culms, make wonderfully luxuriant ground cover in a woodland setting or tropical border.


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