A stately and handsome bamboo, with straight, vertical culms. A relatively slow spreader, and quite cold hardy. Long inter- nodes reportedly make culms of this variety a suitable material for making flutes. Culms are straight and round, wood is relatively weak. We do not have a rating available for the eating quality of the shoots, but the shoots of the species (Semiarundinaria fastuosa) of which this is a variety are described as being sweet even when raw.