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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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
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.