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Chusquea cumingii

Very rare in cultivation, a dense, evergreen mounded clump-forming bamboo about 4m tall, with thin arching canes giving it a vine-like habit, and small, sharply pointed, linear blue-green leaves to 8cm long

Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Blue Green
Summer Green Blue Green
Autumn Green Blue Green
Winter Green Blue Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Poaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Chusquea are evergreen clump-forming bamboos with smooth, glossy, solid canes with 3 main branches at each node, these branching-freely and bearing copious small, dark green leaves

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Chile

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, humus-rich, leafy, moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade, sheltered from cold, dry winds. See bamboo cultivation and if this bamboo outgrows its alloted space see bamboo control

Propagation

Propagate by seed, division or by removing sections of rhizomes with a stem and root, in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Hedging and screens
Pruning

Remove weak, dead, damaged or spindly stems in spring and to show off stems to best effect. Cut out any flowering shoots promptly to discourage more from forming

Pests

May be susceptible to slug damage on young growth

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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