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Edible uses


Young shoots - cooked[1][2][3]. They have a very bitter flavour, this bitterness is considerably reduced by changing the water at least once during the cooking process - though this will also remove quite a few of the nutrients[K]. The new shoots are about 20mm in diameter[K].

Material uses

Canes are thin walled but extremely strong, they can be used as plant supports, also for fencing etc[1][2][4][5]. Often used in China for making fan handles, poles and in various handicrafts[5]. Tolerant of maritime exposure and very hardy and vigorous, this plant makes a good screen or hedge[1][6][5].

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Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Pleioblastus simonii.


Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions



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Seed - if possible, surface sow the seed as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse at about 20°c. Stored seed should be sown as soon as it is received. Do not allow the compost to dry out. Germination usually takes place fairly quickly so long as the seed is of good quality, though it can take 3 - 6 months. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a lightly shaded place in the greenhouse or cold frame until they are large enough to plant out, which could be a number of years. The plants only flower at intervals of several years and so seed is rarely available. Division in spring as new growth commences. Very easy, single canes can be used. Pot them up in light shade in a greenhouse. Make sure the foliage is not allowed to dry out - misting 2 - 3 times a day for the first couple of weeks following divsion can be very helpful. Plant out in the summer once they are growing away strongly.

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A very easily grown bamboo, it succeeds in most soils but prefers a good loamy soil in sun or semi-shade[7]. Dislikes drought[7]. Tolerates maritime exposure[6].

A very hardy plant, it can tolerate temperatures down to between -20 and -25°c. The rootstock is running and very invasive[8][1][6]. Another report says that it is a vigorous grower but not invasive[5]. New shoots are produced from May[1]. The canes are harvested commercially for their many uses in Japan[5]. It is the third most commonly cultivated species in Japan[5]. This species is notably resistant to honey fungus[9].

Unlike many bamboos, this plant quite often flowers and sets viable seed, the plants do not usually die as a result of this[10]. However, if they are fed with artificial NPK fertilizers at this time they are far less likely to survive[10].


Problems, pests & diseases

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Full Data

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Binomial name
Pleioblastus simonii
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Strong wind
  • Maritime exposure
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
None listed.
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Deciduous or Evergreen
Herbaceous or Woody
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
Mature Size
6 x meters
Flower Colour
Flower Type


  1. ? Lawson. Bamboos. Faber (1968-00-00)
  2. ? Usher. G. A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man. Constable ISBN 0094579202 (1974-00-00)
  3. ? 3.03.1 Tanaka. T. Tanaka's Cyclopaedia of Edible Plants of the World. Keigaku Publishing (1976-00-00)
  4. ? 4.04.1 Komarov. V. L. Flora of the USSR. Israel Program for Scientific Translation (1968-00-00)
  5. ? Farrelly. D. The Book of Bamboo Sierra Club. ISBN 0-87156-825-X (1984-00-00)
  6. ? Taylor. J. The Milder Garden. Dent (1990-00-00)
  7. ? 7.07.1 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
  8. ? 8.08.1 Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
  9. ? 9.09.1 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  10. ? 10.010.1 ? The Plantsman. Vol. 1. 1979 - 1980. Royal Horticultural Society (1979-00-00)
  11. ? Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named PFAFimport-58

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