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Dwarf Greenstripe Bamboo

Pleioblastus viridistriatus

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Dwarf Greenstripe Bamboo (Pleioblastus viridistriatus) at Randy's Perennials

Dwarf Greenstripe Bamboo foliage

Dwarf Greenstripe Bamboo foliage

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Height:  4 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Other Names:  Running Bamboo


A short bamboo ideal for the garden or in containers; though evergreen by nature it may go deciduous in colder climates; can easily be mowed down each spring to rejuvenate the colony

Ornamental Features

Dwarf Greenstripe Bamboo's attractive glossy narrow leaves emerge green in spring, turning chartreuse in color with prominent dark green stripes. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous lemon yellow in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Dwarf Greenstripe Bamboo is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering

Dwarf Greenstripe Bamboo is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Dwarf Greenstripe Bamboo will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Screening  Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing 
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features