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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.)

Digging season -
We have found that the best time to dig species in the Phyllostachys genus is late October to early November.

Species in this genus are sometimes dug in June and ready to be planted in September. This dig timing depends on an abundance of rain. A summer drought eliminates the possibility of a June dig.

Occasionally the digging season for this genus can begin as soon as April, provided that the groves haven't received too much winter wind burn. To be on the safe side, orders for species in this genus should be placed before April 15th.

They would be dug between April and November. The timing of a bamboo dig is very weather dependent, with the most likely case being late October for this genus.

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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