Most tolerant of adverse growing conditions, such as wind, cold, and drought.
Aggressive grower provides a fast privacy screen.
Obtains a darker green cane and foliage than most bamboo species.
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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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. How Bamboo Grows
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.
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.