photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2009
Photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2010
A lady bug resting on the new shoot of P. decora.
Common Name: "Beautiful Bamboo"
Synonymous with P. mannii 'Decora'
Expected Height: 30-35 feet
Diameter: 2.5 inches
USDA Zone recommended 6 through 10
This bamboo has very straight upright culms with
masses of drooping foliage and shiny dark green leaves. The new shoots have
distinct and colorful culm sheaths (see photos below). Native to the Yangtze valley of China
where it is referred to by the locals as "Beautiful Bamboo". It is
a fine bamboo for a tall dense
screen. Thought to be synonymous with Phyllostachys mannii.
"It is one of the best performers under the stress of
desert heat, cold, and drought"
The American Bamboo Society, Source List
photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2006
"Beautiful Bamboo" with colorful culm sheaths
on the new shoots
Photo copyright: Dain Sansome, 2003