This is a collectors’ plant grown for the unusual colours displayed by the
new culms. They emerge very dark violet and mature to brown. In later years,
they become variously striped.
It has a spreading root system and potentially tall thick canes.
Has tolerated -18C.
Suitable for sun or light shade.
A medium or tall species with some similarity to Phyllostachys iridescens. Mainly used as a specimen plant but capable of forming an impressive grove or screen where space is available.
Appears very slow growing in pots and seems unlikely to be successful in containers.
Availability very limited.
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