Pleioblastus simonii - (Carrière.)Nakai.
Common Name Medake, Simon bamboo
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known
Range E. Asia - China, Japan. Locally naturalized in Britain[50].
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

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Pleioblastus simonii Medake, Simon bamboo
Pleioblastus simonii Medake, Simon bamboo
Physical Characteristics
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Pleioblastus simonii is an evergreen Bamboo growing to 6 m (19ft 8in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in leaf 12-Jan. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Wind.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

Arundinaria simonii. Bambusa simonii. B. viridistriata. Nipponocalamus simonii.

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Hedge;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Stem.
Edible Uses:

Young shoots - cooked[25, 61, 105]. They have a very bitter flavour, this bitterness is considerably reduced by changing the water at least once during the cooking process - though this will also remove quite a few of the nutrients[K]. The new shoots are about 20mm in diameter[K].
Medicinal Uses
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None known


Other Uses
Hedge;  Hedge;  Plant support;  Wood.

Canes are thin walled but extremely strong, they can be used as plant supports, also for fencing etc[25, 61, 74, 195]. Often used in China for making fan handles, poles and in various handicrafts[195]. Tolerant of maritime exposure and very hardy and vigorous, this plant makes a good screen or hedge[25, 166, 195].
Cultivation details
A very easily grown bamboo, it succeeds in most soils but prefers a good loamy soil in sun or semi-shade[1]. Dislikes drought[1]. Tolerates maritime exposure[166]. A very hardy plant, it can tolerate temperatures down to between -20 and -25°c. The rootstock is running and very invasive[11, 25, 166]. Another report says that it is a vigorous grower but not invasive[195]. New shoots are produced from May[25]. The canes are harvested commercially for their many uses in Japan[195]. It is the third most commonly cultivated species in Japan[195]. This species is notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. Unlike many bamboos, this plant quite often flowers and sets viable seed, the plants do not usually die as a result of this[122]. However, if they are fed with artificial NPK fertilizers at this time they are far less likely to survive[122].
Seed - if possible, surface sow the seed as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse at about 20°c. Stored seed should be sown as soon as it is received. Do not allow the compost to dry out. Germination usually takes place fairly quickly so long as the seed is of good quality, though it can take 3 - 6 months. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a lightly shaded place in the greenhouse or cold frame until they are large enough to plant out, which could be a number of years. The plants only flower at intervals of several years and so seed is rarely available. Division in spring as new growth commences. Very easy, single canes can be used. Pot them up in light shade in a greenhouse. Make sure the foliage is not allowed to dry out - misting 2 - 3 times a day for the first couple of weeks following divsion can be very helpful. Plant out in the summer once they are growing away strongly.
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Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Pleioblastus gramineus 20
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Pleioblastus humilis 00
Pleioblastus humilis pumilus 00
Pleioblastus intermedius 00
Pleioblastus juxianensis 00
Pleioblastus maculatus 00
Pleioblastus pygmaeusDwarf Fern-Leaf Bamboo, Pigmy Bamboo00
Pleioblastus pygmaeus distichusPigmy Bamboo, Dwarf Fern Leaf Bamboo00
Pleioblastus variegatusDwarf White-Striped Bamboo, Chigo Zasa, Dwarf White Stripe Bamboo00


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