For three years, we kept this little beauty in a shady, protected area of our test field. Three wasted years.
It was originally imported in 2014 from western China. Because of the genus and its high altitude home we were certain it would quickly die in our hot, humid summers so we picked the coolest area in our field. The bamboo survived but was never happy. In late 2019, we decided to move it to a bright, sunny area near our display garden. We were certain it would either thrive or die and we were pleasantly surprised when it quickly turned into a gorgeous little bamboo!
We've now discovered some published information on the species and have learned that it's endemic to southern Taiwan, not western China. No wonder it's at home in the South Florida sun. This is one of the articles:
Article with species details.
This will be one of the few, small tropical bamboos. Ours is about 4' tall and may eventually reach 10' in S.Florida. More likely 6'-7' tall at maturity. This bamboo will be perfect in containers as a patio bamboo, it will fit in small gardens, and it will work well along pathways or in the foreground of larger gardens. Availability will be summer of 2020 as we've been panic-propagating since late 2019.
We don't yet know the cold hardiness but are guessing it will handle - high 20s F for short periods. Minimum USDA zone: 9a?
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