Chusquea culeou

22 Jan

Chusquea culeou (01/03/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Chusquea culeou (01/03/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full sun to light shade

Flowering period: N/A

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 6m

Eventual Spread: 2m

Hardiness: 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11

Family: Poaceae

Chusquea culeou is a variable, upright, evergreen bamboo with a clump forming habit. Its light green leaves are lanceolate with entire margins, a pointed tip, up to 8cm long and 1cm broad. Its yellow/ green canes are straight and solid (i.e. not hollow like most bamboos). Its flowers are in the form of a panicle and like most bamboos it will die after flowering.

Chusquea culeou Mature (28/08/2014, Rue de la Pointe Park, Brest, France)

Chusquea culeou Mature (28/08/2014, Rue de la Pointe Park, Brest, France)

Chusquea culeou, commonly known as the Foxtail Bamboo or Colihue, is native to Chile and south west Argentina. In its native habitat it grows in temperate forests. It was introduced into the UK in 1890.

The etymological root of the binomial name Chusquea is derived from the vernacular name Chusque, a name given to one of the members of this genus in South America. Culeou is derived from Colihue, the vernacular name for Chusquea culeou.

Chusquea culeou Stem (01/03/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Chusquea culeou Stem (01/03/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

The landscape architect may find Chusquea culeou useful as a specimen bamboo or as an evergreen informal hedge. This bamboo is very tolerant of maritime conditions. Once established this bamboo is drought tolerant.

Ecologically, Chusquea culeou is of little value in the UK.

Chusquea culeou Leaf (06/01/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Chusquea culeou Leaf (06/01/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

The Royal Horticultural Society has given Chusquea culeou their prestigious Award of Garden Merit in 1993.

Chusquea culeou prefers moist, fertile, humus rich, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil. It will not tolerate wet soils.

Chusquea culeou requires little maintenance.

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2 Responses to “Chusquea culeou”

  1. David H. 22/01/2013 at 16:36 #

    Chusque is the vernacular name for Chusquea scandens. Culeou/Colihue is the vernacular name of Chusquea culeou.

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