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Pleioblastus distichus

Dwarf Fernleaf Bamboo

Max/Avg Height (ft.): 4, 2


Hardiness: -5º F

USDA Zones: 6-10

Also called Pleioblastus pygmaeus var. distichus, this is one of the smallest bamboos. The most noticeable characteristic of this bamboo is the very tough and erect leaf texture. The leaves fan out in groups of 5 or so, making them look very much like little palm or fern leaves.  It is similar to but a little hardier than  Pleioblastus pygmaeus, although both are root hardy to well below zero Fahrenheit. Due to its small leaves, it is also nicely suited for a bonsai plant. In the last photo, it is being maintained and mowed as a lawn.

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1 to 3 ft


2 to 4 ft


4 to 7 ft


7 to 12 ft


12 to 15 ft


15 to 18 ft


18 to 25 ft


up to 35 ft
max / avg.
Height (ft.) in Zone 8
or Clumping
Light Tolerance range
Pleioblastus distichus
4, 2