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Phyllostachys bissetii

Maximum height: 40 ft.
(More often around 20 ft.)
Maximum diameter: 2 in.
(More often 1 in.)
Minimum temperature: -20ºF
(The roots are at least 10ºF more hardy.)

Species in the Phyllostachys genus are often dug in June and ready in September. Occasionally the digging season for this genus can begin as soon as April. To be on the safe side, orders for species in this genus should be placed before April 15th.

This bamboo forms a dense hedge of closely spaced culms. It works well for a medium height privacy screen. All bamboo is evergreen but as with any evergreen it can desiccate in cold wind when the temperatures stay below freezing for prolonged periods.

P. bissetii is reputed to be one of the most wind and salt tolerant of bamboo. It remains evergreen past the point when most other species in our garden start to exhibit winter wind burn on the leaves. P. bissetii typically remains evergreen even in our USDA zone 5 climate, though when sited out of the worst winter winds this far north.


It looks most striking during the winter here when its leaves can be seen with a coating of frost and snow.


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