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Pleioblastus distichus/Dwarf Fernleaf Bamboo

Pleioblastus distichus / Pleioblastus distichus
As a ground cover in zone 8 and showing a few winter damaged leaves
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As a ground cover in zone 8 and showing a few winter damaged leaves

Close-up of new growth in March in the lower South

After three years, the clump making vigorous growth

May have to mow in spring to keep mass low as ground cover

Ground cover in summer

A closer view of plant

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Scientific Name: Pleioblastus distichus
Common Name: Dwarf Fernleaf Bamboo
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 1-2 feet
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Landscape Categories: Bamboos
Comments: This is one of the smallest of the bamboos and is also amont the hardiest. It can stand temperatures down to -5 degrees F. It spreads quite rapidly 2-3 years after it has been planted. It may have damage to some of the foliage in winter, even in the lower part of zone 8 where the winters are mild and there are seldom many hard freezes. It can be mowed in later winter to keep it low, particularly where it is used as a ground cover.