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Bamboo Semiarundinaria Okuboi - Okey Boy
Bamboo Semiarundinaria Okuboi - Okey Boy

Poaceae Semiarundinaria Okuboi None

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Grows InZone 7A · 0° to 5° F through Zone 11 · Above 40° F
Sun ExposureFull / Mostly Sun, Morning Sun / Evening Shade, Morning Shade / Evening Sun
Soil DrainageWell Drained, Moderately Drained
Resistent ToHeat
Foliage ColorMedium Green
Average Height10' to 12', 12' to 15'
Average Width.5' to 1'
Additional Information About Bamboo Semiarundinaria Okuboi - Okey Boy


Okuboi, Okey Boy is a very hardy Semiarundinaria bamboo with wide leaves. The large leaves are one of the very attractive characteristics of this beautiful erect species. This is a great screening bamboo since it seems to stay in the 8 to 14 foot height range. Some climate zones report it reaching 25 feet in height, but we have not seen these sizes.  It makes a thick grove with full foliage reaching down the canes to a couple feet off the ground.  This species has quasi  persistent culm sheaths. A great species for erosion control.

Okuboi, or Okey Boy Bamboo is a running bamboo, which means it spreads. Bamboo can be easily controlled in a small area (a normal city yard) simply by mowing or stepping on the young shoots. Keep in mind that running bamboo only puts up new shoots for a short time each year, and when they are "shooting", the new plants are very fragile and easy to destroy. New shoots could also be used for culinary purposes and cooked, much like asparagus. Root pruning, a Bamboo Root Barrier or growing plants in above- or below-ground containers are other methods to control spread.

Gardener Direct also carries Bamboo fertilizer and planting soil containing Biochar, a highly porous material that allows for long term water and nutrient holding capabilities. 


Containers/Pots: Excellent
Crafts: Good
Edible: Small
Hedge: Excellent
Indoor: Unknown
Ornamental: Excellent
Privacy Screen: Excellent
Specimen: In container
Wood Quality: Too small


USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7 -11
Type: Running
Height: 8-14'
Spread: 6'+ with no control
Culm Diameter: 1-1/2"
Sun: Full to Mostly Sun
Soil: Average
Growth Rate: Very Fast



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