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Chusquea couleou (Chusquea)

Chusquea couleou (Chusquea)
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Type Tree, Grass, Evergreen
Form Upright Taller-Growing Clump, Architectural Form
Size Small Tree (1.5 to 3m height)
Colours Dark green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Chusquea couleou Description

This relatively unknown bamboo produces huge vertical plumes of evergreen foliage on stout bamboo poles. You would require plenty of space to do it justice and you would need to consider scale as the plumes can grow up to 6 metres tall, so ideal for screening but not suited to your average patio garden.

Chusquea couleou - Cultivation Notes

Chusquea is a hardy fern yet dislikes exposure to extremes of hot or cold, so prefer to plant in a sunny sheltered spot where it wont get to battered by the elements. It prefers a fertile yet well drained soil. Mulch every few years and remove tired old stems annually to encourage new plumes.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Chusquea couleou:

  • Ornamental winter bark / tracery
  • Ideal for fast growing screening
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant

Weaknesses of Chusquea couleou

  • Invasive/spreading root growth
  • Invasive top growth
  • Will not tolerate exposed, cold or hot and sunny locations
  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers

Design & Plant Use for Chusquea couleou:

  • Fast growing evergreen plant ideal for screening
  • Evergreen plant with attractive foliage for winter interest
  • Added winter interest from attractive bark or stems

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