Pleiobastus Distichus – A small Bamboo

Pleioblastus Distichus, also known as Pleioblastus pygmaeus var. Distichus is known as one of the smallest varieties of bamboos and is most notable for its tough and erect leaf texture. It is native to Japan and is commonly called the Japanese dwarf bamboo.

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Its fern-like leaves are arranged in equal rows of soft culms and are reminiscent of small palm leaves of fern leaves. Because of the size of the overall plant and the size of the leaves, it is well-suited to be grown as a bonsai tree or used as a ground cover in gardens.

Pleioblastus distichus - Bamboos and Bamboo Plants

Pleioblastus distichus – Bamboos and Bamboo Plants

It is a tough plant and can tolerate temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius. Temperatures below this may damage the foliage structure but the plant is extremely root hardy so with proper mulching the root structure is preserved through frosty winters.

How to grow Pleioblastus Distichus

Pleioblastus Distichus is an easy plant to grow and can be left to grow without much maintenance. It is extremely hardy and can survive harsh growing conditions. You can grow it as a ground cover in your garden that can be pruned to maintain even growth.

Where should I position Pleioblastus Distichus in my garden?

This dwarf bamboo should be placed in a position where it can get full sun or partial shade. Ideally, exposing the plant to half-day morning and evening sun is ideal. You can choose a position facing south, west, or east to achieve the lighting requirements of this plant.

How tall does Pleioblastus Distichus grow and spread?

It is a running bamboo species and hence a fast grower. It is will grow to about 4 feet in a decade or less while spreading as far as you’ll let it.

What kind of soil does Pleioblastus Distichus need?

Pleioblastus Distichus will grow well when planted in moist but well-draining soil that is slightly acidic to neutral. Clay, sand or loamy soil are all great choices for planting Pleioblastus Distichus.

Further Reading:

We have further information on the following types of bamboo: Fargesia Asian Wonder, Fargesia murielae ‘Luca’, Fountain Bamboo Fargesia rufa, Phyllostachys aurea aureocaulis, Phyllostachys Bissetii, Pleioblastus Distichus and Pseudosasa japonica Arrow Bamboo.

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