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Chinese bamboo tree is actually not a tree. It is a plant that belongs to the grass family, Dracaena and the scientific name of the species is Dracaena sanderiana. But, the look of the Chinese bamboo plant with a hollow and green stem and striking green foliage, closely resembles the common bamboo trees.  The plant mainly flourishes in the tropical rain forests of Africa and Southeast Asia, especially in China.

Bamboo varieties range in height from a few inches to well over 75 feet and in diameter from 1/16 inch to 12 inches or more, depending on the variety.  In the United States the largest varieties generally reach a maximum of 8 inches in diameter and 70 feet in height. The leaves of bamboo varieties range from 1/4 inch wide by 3/4 inch long to 4 inches wide by 24 inches long. You will find green leaves, variegated leaves and yellow leaves. The above-ground portion of bamboo has several names depending on the stage of growth. When it forms on the rhizome node, it is a bud. As it emerges from the ground and until it develops side branches, it is called a shoot. Once the side branches form, it is called a culm. Once the culm is cut or harvested, it is called a pole or cane. Bud, shoot, culm, cane and pole all refer to the same individual above-ground plant. A single culm with rhizome and roots   Culm colors are green, gray, blue, yellow, orange, red, black or some hues of these.The rhizome is a segmented woody stem-like part. The segment dividers are called nodes and the segment between the nodes is the internode. The roots and rhizome buds form only at the nodes.  For centuries bamboo has been used in fishing, papermaking, landscape gardening, handicrafts, fine arts, food, fodder, building, weapons and hundreds of other things.

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