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Sasa veitchii

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Veitch's Bamboo (Sasa veitchii) at Roger's Gardens

Veitch's Bamboo foliage

Veitch's Bamboo foliage

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Veitch's Bamboo (Sasa veitchii) at Roger's Gardens

Veitch's Bamboo

Veitch's Bamboo

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  4 feet

Spread:  8 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6a

Other Names:  Kuma Grass Bamboo, Kumazasa


A short bamboo ideal as a groundcover in large growing areas; unique foliage is green in summer, developing white edges only in fall and winter; can be kept shorter by cutting to ground in spring

Ornamental Features

Veitch's Bamboo's attractive large glossy narrow leaves are forest green in color. As an added bonus, the foliage turns gorgeous shades of green and white in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Veitch's Bamboo is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging 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

Veitch's Bamboo is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Veitch's Bamboo will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 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 partial shade to 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 highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

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