Shibataea kumasasa

zig-zag bamboo

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

Zig-zag bamboo is one of the finest small garden bamboos. The evergreen, almost teardrop-shaped leaves are arranged in a zig-zag pattern along each stem. It is a compact grower and a very slow spreader, not becoming rampant in the garden. Zig-zag bamboo maintains its best color in part to full shade, providing and interesting texture to a shady landscape. It is extremely resistant to the unsightly damage of bamboo mites.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: spreading bamboo

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 7 ft. 0 in. (2.13 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Sun/Light Exposure: light, open, dappled, or deep shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Seasonal Interest: year-round evergreen foliage for the shade garden

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, gold, bronze

Great Color Partners: silver, dark green, chartreuse

Culture Notes
Zig-zag bamboo grows best in light to deep shade. Provide well-drained soil, although it will tolerate clay with adequate drainage or sandy soil with extra watering. Once established it only requires occasional watering during dry weather. This is a very slow spreader and does not require a barrier to control its growth and is completely resistant to bamboo mites, a common pest that can damage the foliage of other bamboos.