Arrow bamboo

Pseudosasa japonica | Also known as: Metake | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Commonly called arrow bamboo, pseudosasa japonica is arguably one of the most attractive species of bamboo you can find. A tough, evergreen grass, its culms are tall and very slender, while its light green foliage comprises long and narrow, sword-shaped, glossy leaves. At any time of year, it can produce tiny brown blossoms. A vigorous spreader, the arrow bamboo makes for a perfect natural garden screen or unusual hedging. It thrives in fertile, moist but well-drained soil, preferably in partial shade, but may need some balanced fertilizer in summer to ensure it develops fully. Severely pruning after flowering will encourage healthy growth.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 4 - 8
Spread [m]
  • 2.5 - 4
Dominant flower colour
  • Inconspicuous or absent
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • division
  • root cuttings
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z6-15
Heat zone
  • H5
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -23 - 0
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Grasses, ferns & bamboo
  • Bamboos
Grown for
  • Ornamental use
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Bonsai
  • Neighbour repellant
  • For every season
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Coastal
Garden spaces
  • Architectural
  • Hedges and screens
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years