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Pseudosasa japonica

Pseudosasa japonica, common names Arrow bamboo and Green onion bamboo,[2] is a species of bamboo.

Common Name[edit]

Pseudosasa japonica's common name, "Arrow Bamboo" or "Japanese Arrow Bamboo" results from the Japanese Samurai using its hard and stiff canes for their arrows.[3]


This species is native to Japan in Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku, as well as Korea.

In the United States it is found in USDA Plantzones 10 through 6, (ie: Florida to New York).[3]

Gardening Uses[edit]

This cold hardy bamboo species (tolerant to 0*F) grows well both in shade and also in full sun. The culms are typically yellow-brown and it has palmfont-like leaves. Pseudosasa japonica does very well in containers and salty air near the ocean. Because it tends to be more shade tolerant than other bamboo species it is often used by gardeners as an understory to a tree-lined living fence.[3]


  • Pseudosasa japonica var. japonica
  • Pseudosasa japonica var. tsutsumiana


  1. ^ a b "ITIS Standard Report Page: Pseudosasa japonica". 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  2. ^ a b "PLANTS Profile for Pseudosasa japonica (arrow bamboo) | USDA PLANTS". Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  3. ^ a b c "Cape May Bamboo - Pseudosasa Japonica (Japanese Arrow Bamboo)". Retrieved 2012-03-11. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Encke, F. et al. 1984. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 13. Auflage.
  • Huxley, A., ed. 1992. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening.
  • Ohrnberger, D. 1999. The bamboos of the world.
  • Ohwi, J. 1965. Flora of Japan (Engl. ed.).
  • Tai Hyun Chung. 1965. Illustrated encyclopedia of fauna & flora of Korea, vol. 5, Tracheophyta.
  • Wang Dajun & Shen Shao-Jin. 1987. Bamboos of China.
  • Wu Zheng-yi & P. H. Raven et al., eds. 1994–. Flora of China (English edition).


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