CHUSQUEA liebmannii

10m x 2cm, ?°C   - A mountain bamboo from Columbia and Ecuador.  The culms arch down to the ground, it has many short branches at the nodes which form balls of leaves, very attractive.  In the wild it can grow very long thin culms that can climb through surrounding vegetation and steep slopes.  It can be grown on trellis or as espalier.  The maximum height under ideal conditions is given as 10m however this is the length of the culms rather than the real height, in reality a free standing clump is more like 3-4m tall.  Here in Maleny it is deciduous losing a lot of its leaves, and the remaining ones go yellow, in winter and fresh new leaves appear again in late September.