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Chusquea culeou (Foxtail Bamboo)

A clump forming, evergreen and hardy bamboo from Chile and Argentina. The solid canes used to be used for spear handles and for making musical instruments – an interesting little fact you can impress your friends with.

This is one of the best clump forming bamboos you can have. We home grow them which makes them so special. It’s going to take a wee while for them to be used as screening though because we propagate them but if you want a beautiful feathery bamboo to ‘grow up’ in your garden then this is it. It can reach 8m or so eventually and it’s worth the wait.

It likes full sun but will tolerate dappled shade. Shelter it from cold northerly winds though.

You cannot split Chusquea so we have to propagate them from seed which is why they are taking their sweet time.

 

 

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Hardy anywhere in Britain below approximately 1000ft (300m)

This is only meant as a guide. Please remember we're always on hand to give advice about plants and their frost hardiness.

Please remember that these coloured labels are only a rough guide.

General Point about Plant Hardiness: The commonly held belief that it's better to 'plant small' is perfectly true with herbaceous plants, but not necessarily true with woody plants. They need some 'wood' on them to survive severe cold - so plants of marginal hardiness in very cold areas should really be planted LARGER, rather than smaller, wherever possible.