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Graceful Bamboo

Bambusa textilis 'Gracilis'

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Graceful Bamboo (Bambusa textilis 'Gracilis') at Rainbow Gardens

Graceful Bamboo

Graceful Bamboo

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Graceful Bamboo (Bambusa textilis 'Gracilis') at Rainbow Gardens

Graceful Bamboo bark

Graceful Bamboo bark

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  30 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  7b


A vigorous variety with a dense clumping habit of growth, making it perfectly suited for fast privacy screens; new culms are deep green, then mature to a yellow-green; ideal for containers and well lit indoor environments

Ornamental Features

Graceful Bamboo is primarily valued in the landscape for its pronouncedly upright and towering form. Its attractive narrow compound leaves emerge yellow in spring, turning light green in color the rest of the year. The dark green stems are very colorful and add to the overall interest of the plant.

Landscape Attributes

Graceful Bamboo is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Graceful Bamboo is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Windbreaks and Shelterbelts
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Graceful Bamboo will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an evegreen perennial, this plant will typically keep its form and foliage year-round.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It may require supplemental watering during periods of drought or extended heat. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Graceful Bamboo is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Screening  Windbreak  Naturalizing  Container 
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Bark 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for current availability. It does not include our entire selection of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.