Photo copyright: Dain Sansome, 2003

Pleioblastus gramineus

Maximum Height: 12 feet
Diameter: 0.5 inches
Hardiness: 10 F
Recommended for USDA zone 8 through 10

Pleioblastus gramineus is desirable for a thick screen.  It grows many canes in close proximity so that nothing can be seen through a hedge merely a foot or two thick.  The long graceful leaves are distinctive.

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This is a close-up of the canes.  Notice the persistent culm sheaths.
Photo copyright: Dain Sansome, 2003