The genus Pleioblastus includes about 20 species, native to China and Japan which are very diverse in growth and appearance.
Dwarf White-Striped Bamboo
A low growing bamboo with consistently and boldly striped cream and green leaves. Introduced from Japan by Robert Fortune around 1860. Grows well in semi-shade and serves as a robust ground-cover. Prefers full sun to give a strong foliage colour that needs to be cut hard back to ground every Spring.
Pleioblastus linearis has long, narrow, grass-like leaves which grow on pale green stems. It can reach heights of 4 metres. From Japan.
A strong erect species suitable for wind breaks and utilitarian purposes. Very tough and easily grown. From central & south Japan.