Zig Zag Bamboo - Outstanding Qualities Zig-zag bamboo is one of the finest small garden bamboos. The evergreen, almost teardrop-shaped leaves are arranged in a zig-zag pattern along each stem. It is a compact grower and a very slow spreader, not becoming rampant in the garden. Zig-zag bamboo maintains its best color in part to full shade, providing and interesting texture to a shady landscape. It is extremely resistant to the unsightly damage of bamboo mites.