Shibataea kumasaca

Ruscus bamboo, ruscus-leaf bamboo


Shibataea kumasaca is a dwarf bamboo species prized for its compact size and graceful appearance. This evergreen perennial features slender, arching stems adorned with delicate green foliage, creating an elegant, feathery effect.

Perfect for small gardens and containers, Shibataea kumasaca is ideal for border edging or ground cover. With its low-maintenance requirements and adaptability to various soil types, this bamboo adds a touch of tranquility and sophistication to both traditional and modern landscapes.


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Origin: Fujian and Zhejiang provinces in China
Genus: Shibataea
Species / Cultivar: kumasaca
Common Name: Ruscus bamboo, ruscus-leaf bamboo
Synonym: Bambusa shibataea 'Kumasaca', Phyllostachys ruscifolia

Plant Biography

Shibataea kumasaca, commonly known as ruscus bamboo, has a botanical history traced to China and Japan. Named after the Shibata region of northern Japan, it was first described by Japanese botanist Seijuro Shibata in the early 20th century.

This compact bamboo species belongs to the Poaceae family and is revered for its ornamental value and adaptability to various growing conditions. It has been cultivated for centuries in Japanese gardens, where its graceful foliage and manageable size make it a cherished choice for creating serene and elegant landscapes.


Shibataea kumasasa
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
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: 1-1.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.5-1m
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.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Shibataea kumasaca, or ruscus bamboo, thrives in partial to full shade and well-drained soil. This dwarf bamboo typically grows no more than 1 metre tall, forming dense clumps perfect for ground cover or border edging. Regular watering is essential, particularly during dry spells, to ensure optimal growth.

Pruning can be done to maintain its compact shape and remove any dead or damaged foliage. With its manageable size and low-maintenance nature, Kumasasa bamboo is an excellent choice for adding texture and tranquility to small gardens, containers, or Japanese-inspired landscapes


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