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5.00 out of 5 based on 10 customer ratings
(10 customer reviews )


Bissetii is a great medium height bamboo for a cold hardy bamboo screen. It is tolerant to most all planting sites and conditions. A very hardy green bamboo.

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Product Description

Phyllostachys Bissetii is a very cold hardy vigorous grower with dark gray green canes for screening. Likes most all sites and soil conditions. The culm (cane) sheaths’ auricles and oral setae are present with a narrow blade. Mature culms are erect and usually in the 16 to 18 foot height range. Has a very dense dark green foliage making it an excellent choice for privacy and windbreaks. Bissetii originally came from Sichuan, China was introduced to the United States in 1941. We have thousands of customers throughout northern climate zones growing this little beauty for an effective privacy screen.

In USDA Climate Zone 7 expect mature size canes to 30+ feet in height.

In USDA Climate Zone 6 expect mature size canes to be 18 feet in height.

In USDA Climate Zone 5 expect mature size canes to be 12 feet in height.

In USDA Climate Zone 4 expect mature size canes to be 8 feet in height.

The culms (canes) are a beautiful green within the grove. Culms receiving more direct sunlight often turn a light golden color. In more shaded areas, the bamboo is a dark and lish green. Bissetii is one of the most cold hardy species growing in North America withstanding temperatures down to -15 degrees F.. The root system, when mulched properly, will handle temps down to -25 degrees F..

Since it is so cold hardy it is grown in many colder regions of the country such as climate zones 4 and 5. Even during severe winters this little bamboo, once established, will pop up beautiful new canes in the early spring long before other plants even turn green.

Plant introduction number (PI) into the U.S. 143540




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  1. rkh@horsecreekstudio.com
    5 out of 5

    Beautiful healthy plantsWe received your bamboo on Thursday and cut open one side of the box to let them breathe and gave them a little water. They are lovely plants! We prepared the planting area on Saturday and fully removed them from their box and planted them according to your web site directions. They are much taller than we expected and they already look great in our garden area!!

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  2. knittasaurus2@charter.net
    5 out of 5

    Bamboo thriving in year 2I purchase the cold hardy bamboo last spring. It arrived quickly and was beautiful all summer. Survived most of the winter and then in early March we had an exceptionally cold week of arctic air, the leaves turned brown and fell off. I was so upset. BUT by April my little bamboo came alive again and turned into quite the bush. It is now sending out runners which I'm trying to direct where I want them to go. The plant is happy and healthy, with some really fat runners that I struggle to bend in the proper direction. Very happy with my bamboo. And cannot wait to see what it does next year.

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  3. Karenmccoy08@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

    Love itMy bamboo came delivered as promised, it's beautiful! I planted mine in a planter, looks so good I had to get two more.

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  4. crreeves1995@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

    I'm very happy with my purchase from Lewis Bamboo. I searched for ages to find a bamboo retailer that didn't charge an arm and a leg for shipping. But with Lewis Bamboo, I got a great, healthy bamboo plant shipped to me for FREE within just a few days. The bissetii arrived very healthy. I got it planted in a large container in my sunroom and it's already taking off, growing all kinds of new leaves.

    I would highly recommend Lewis Bamboo to anyone interested in these beautiful plants. I look forward to ordering again as soon as I can find room for more!

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  5. 5 out of 5

    Packages of bamboo came well wrapped and in good shape. No question of the quality of the plants. Instruction clear and precise. Communication with Lewis Bamboo, regarding shipping tracking and any needed...

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  6. 5 out of 5

    Purchased 4 plants in 2012 and another 4 this year. Last year's plants have all doubled in size and this year's are all thriving. Roger Lewis has put up with my online mundane "bamboo" questions all...

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  7. 5 out of 5

    Good responsive service. I am satisfied with my order and it came quickly.

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  9. roger@lewisbamboo.com
    5 out of 5

    Very helpful!

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  10. 5 out of 5

    All Wonderful no problem at all.

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    Bamboo Plant Sizes

    There are two basic sizes for mail order. The 2 gallon sizes which range from 2'-3' tall and 3 gallon sizes which range from 4' and taller depending on species. The root system is included in the height.

    How Bamboo Grows

    Bamboo grows a little different than most plants. The bamboo that you get initially never grows vertically again. It has babies that are taller, that has babies that are taller. Every generation should be taller that the previous year's shoots. The intriguing aspect is that each year’s growth emerges and grows to it complete height in 60-90 days. They spread as they produce larger growth, filling in and providing a screen.

    This link will help you learn how bamboo grows. It will give you an idea of what kind of growth to expect from your planting. It is a lot of information, but well worth your time. https://lewisbamboo.com/habits.html


    Bamboo can tolerate a multitude of soil conditions. Bamboo prefers soil in the 4.5 – 7.0 pH range but can tolerate soils from 3.5 – 8.0 pH. Soil composition and compaction has little effect on plant health but bamboo tends to spread slower in soils with higher compaction and lower permeability. Bamboo cannot survive in habitually wet planting sites, the area needs to be able to drain within a week after heavy rain.


    Bamboo is a natural woodland understory plant. It grows well in filtered to direct sunlight conditions. Most bamboos need at least 4+ hours of filter sunlight a day. More active growth typically occurs in higher sunlight conditions.


    One division of bamboo will start a grove or screen over time. However, if you want a privacy screen fast, I recommend planting bamboo 3 to 5 feet apart. This will hopefully allow you to have a good screen in three years. There are a lot of factors such as water, sunlight, and climate zones that speeds up or slows down the process. Three years is about the average on this spacing, closer planting will allow you to screen or develop your grove faster. You cannot over plant bamboo.


    Planting bamboo is also easy. You want to dig a hole about twice the size of the root ball. When you plant the bamboo amend your soil with composted manure and a good top soil. Bamboo can be planted at ground level or slightly deeper. It is not a picky about it conditions but this will help get it off to a good start.

    More details can be seen here: Planting Instruction Page



    Bamboo can benefit from a fertilization program. You can safely fertilize your bamboo once it has been in the ground for one month. A time release fertilizer will work great. Time release fertilizers allow for proper absorption in case your soil is out of PH balance. We offer some fertilizer to help with growth. We fertilize twice a year. Once in the early spring to encourage new growth and then again during the middle of the grow season to replace any nutrients that are being depleted. Click here to see our recommended fertilizer: https://lewisbamboo.com/biocharbamboo.html


    Over the years a lot of myths have been told about bamboo, while it can spread under good conditions, it is not as invasive as many people would have you believe. In colder climates an aggressive runner here in the south will hardy spread at all in comparison. We have been growing bamboo since 1985 and had experience with it long before that. The bamboo's underground root system (rhizome) will spread beyond the initial planting over the years, so in the next two or three years you will need to decide on some method of containment on the sides you do not want the rhizomes to run over into.

    We have constructed a page discussing multiple methods of controlling bamboo. It goes over root pruning, mowing new shoots, and in ground barriers: Controlling Bamboo

    All this said and it may discourage you, but as with any plant there will be maintenance. Bamboo is very beautiful and is great in a Japanese style garden, but it will need maintenance down the road. At first it may seem to be doing nothing, but after 3 to 5 years you will have a lot of beautiful culms (canes) and love the foliage. All our 150 plus species simply contained by mowing and weed eating the new Spring and Summer shoots. Hopes this helps and don't be afraid of the bamboo.

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