Green-glaucous bamboo

Phyllostachys viridiglaucescens | Also known as: Lufenzhu | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

A vigorously spreading evergreen bamboo, phyllostachys viridiglaucescens is an extremely tall, cold-hardy and attractive species. It boasts clear green culms initially, but in time they mature to a darker, olive green, or in some cases, an almost blue-green colour. Its foliage comprises long, glossy, lance-shaped leaves, but they have the distinctive feature of being glaucous on their underside – thus the common name, the green-glaucous bamboo. It makes for a stunning garden screen, but is also a highly attractive ornamental feature. The green-glaucous bamboo thrives in moist but well-drained loamy soil. As an invasive plant, pruning is recommended so remove dead culms after flowering.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 4 - 12
Spread [m]
  • 0
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
Awards?
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • division
Growth habit
  • Arching
  • Clump-forming
  • Upright
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z7-15
Heat zone
  • H12-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -18 - 0
Heat days
  • 0 - 210
Moisture
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
  • poorly-drained
Soil type
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Full shade
Exposure
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Grasses, ferns & bamboo
  • Bamboos
Grown for
  • Ornamental foliage and habit
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • We love the dark
  • Show-offs
  • Bonsai
  • Neighbour repellant
  • For every season
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Woodland
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Shade
  • Specimen
  • Architectural
  • Hedges and screens
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years