Sinobambusa tootsik

4 Jun

Sinobambusa tootsik (04/04/2015, Kyoto Botanical Gardens, Kyoto, Japan)

Sinobambusa tootsik (04/04/2015, Kyoto Botanical Gardens, Kyoto, Japan)

Position: Full sun to partial shade

Flowering period: N/A

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 10m

Eventual Spread: 5m

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

Family: Poaceae

Sinobambusa tootsik is a vigorous, spreading, evergreen bamboo. Its shiny mid green leaves are lance shaped, up to 22cm long and 3.5cm broad. Its culms are upright, initially deep green, maturing to  grey/ yellow and up to 4cm across. Its hermaphrodite flowers are brown/ green and are wind pollinated. The roots of this bamboo are running rhizomes and may cause this plant to be invasive.

Sinobambusa tootsik Leaf (04/04/2015, Kyoto Botanical Gardens, Kyoto, Japan)

Sinobambusa tootsik Leaf (04/04/2015, Kyoto Botanical Gardens, Kyoto, Japan)

Sinobambusa tootsik, commonly known as Chinese Temple Bamboo is native to south east China.

The etymological root of the binomial name Sinobambusa is derived from the Latin sinensis meaning ‘from China’ and Bambusa, an erroneous pronunciation of the Indian word Mambu. Tootsik is derived from the vanacular name for this bamboo in Japan.

The landscape architect may find Sinobambusa tootsik useful as a hedging/ screening bamboo and makes an effective wind break. It may also be suitable for erosion control. Care should be take when specifying this bamboo due to its potentially invasive nature.

Sinobambusa tootsik Stem (04/04/2015, Kyoto Botanical Gardens, Kyoto, Japan)

Sinobambusa tootsik Stem (04/04/2015, Kyoto Botanical Gardens, Kyoto, Japan)

Ecologically,  Sinobambusa tootsik is of little wildlife value in the UK.

Sinobambusa tootsik prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil.

Sinobambusa tootsik requires little maintenance. A root barrier may be installed at the time of planting to restrict the spread of this plant.

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