Thamnocalamus crassinodus 'Kew Beauty'
An exceptionally attractive non- running bamboo forming a very dense, arching clump around 12 to 14ft.(4/5m) high with a spread of 75/150cm in 10 years.
An elegant, delicate lookingplant with very small leaves on distinctive blue-grey canes which become red or brown with age. Branches tinted with red.
Regular thinning of the older canes will allow new growth to be more effectively displayed.
Not quite so hardy as other sorts so will benefit from light shade and shelter from wind. In very cold winters a proportion of the leaves may be shed but they are quickly replaced in spring.
Has withstood -15C.
Best in light shade.
Mostly used as a specimen plant but sufficiently tall and dense for screening.
Slow to propagate and usually only available in small numbers.
see also 'Gosainkund' (syn. 'Glauca')
Thamnocalamas crassinodus 'Merlyn'
'Lang Tang' has even smaller leaves than 'Kew Beauty'.
'Lang Tang' has a broad habit and is less tall and less vigorous. (very limited availability)
'Merlyn' forms a tall, upright clump and is noticeably more robust and fresh-looking than the other forms.The canes become yellow/green without the red tints of other varieties.
Named after Merlyn Edwards who introduced this clone to the UK.
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