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Can Sasa masa be trimmed short?

Posted by hemnancy z8 PNW (My Page) on
Wed, Oct 2, 13 at 16:04

I have a hedge of Sasa masa which has widened and gotten very thick, and also has reached 6' tall, and would like to cut it to a 3' height, if I trim it all back will the present canes develop more leaves or will it have to grow new canes to have leaves?

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RE: Can Sasa masa be trimmed short?

I assume you mean Sasaella masamuneana?

In any case, I don't think you will get much, if any, new leaf growth. Bamboo in general are not like bushes and trees where pruning often promotes bushier growth from what is left behind. Occasionally, one may get some new leafing at some nodes after cutting back a culm, but I wouldn't count on it. You could always trim one or two culms and see what happens, rather than chopping the whole hedge down and being disappointed.

I am not a big fan of topping bamboo because if often leaves the plant looking butchered permanently.

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