Sinuate bamboo

Phyllostachys flexuosa | Also known as: Qiuganzhu, Tianzhu | Rating: 2 votes | Print / Pdf

Unlike most other bamboo species, phyllostachys flexuosa grows in far less dense clumps, but it creates a wild airy feel that many find more attractive. A tall evergreen bamboo, its culms are grooved on alternate sides, divided naturally by the nodes where two stems, featuring long, sword-shaped, dark green leaves grow from. The culms are also wavy near the base, not linear, which helps in adding to the airy feeling. Commonly called sinuate bamboo, it thrives in moist but well-drained chalky or loamy soil, preferably in full sun. Cold hardy, pruning is best done after flowering when dead stems should be removed

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 2 - 10
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
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • division
Growth habit
  • Arching
  • Upright
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z6-15
Heat zone
  • H12-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -23 - 0
Heat days
  • 0 - 210
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Grasses, ferns & bamboo
  • Bamboos
Grown for
  • Ornamental foliage and habit
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Show-offs
  • Bonsai
  • Neighbour repellant
  • For every season
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Woodland
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Specimen
  • Architectural
  • Hedges and screens
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years