Sasa palmata ‘Nebulosa’ is a magnificient jungly bamboo from the forests of Japan. Sasa palmata produces long narrow canes up to 3 or more metres high, they are highly ornamental showing alternate light and dark banding with purply black random blotches hence the name ‘Nebulosa’. The large, 20cm or more leaves are held high on the top of each cane and arranged in a palmate, hand like manner.
Although Sasa palmate ‘Nebulosa’ has been grown in the U.K since it’s first introduction in 1889 it not easily found, why you might ask given its exotic appearance? Well I can tell you from experience this bamboo needs care when planting, all you’ve heard about bamboo being invasive is true here I’m afraid. Like all Sasa ‘Nebulosa’ is very invasive and spreads rapidly so be warned.
I’d say it is an essential bamboo if you want a really jungly garden in the U.K but take care, either keep it in a large container or use a deep root barrier to prevent it spreading. Do that and you’ll love it, don’t take my advice and after a year or two they’ll be trouble. Like most bamboo we grow Sasa palmata ‘Nebulosa’ is very hardy and evergreen and will respond well to regular fertiliser and watering especially if you are growing in a container.
- Eventual Size:3 or more metres tall.
- Position:Full sun/semi-shade.