4.93 out of 5 based on 15 customer ratings
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Largest temperate bamboo on earth. This specific clone is slow to get established and is best suited for the southeastern U.S.

Scientific Name

Phyllostachys Edulis 'Moso'

Light Conditions

Sun to Shade

Maximum Height

75 feet

Maximum Diameter

7 inch

Minimum Temperature

5 °F


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Why choose this bamboo?
  • Largest temperate bamboo.
  • Great wood qualities and edible shoots.
  • Culms flare out at the bottom making an elephant foot like appearance.

Phyllostachys Edulis ‘Moso’ is the largest temperate bamboo on earth. This species is slow to get established and is best suited for the southeastern U.S.

‘Moso’ culm (cane) sheath is very dark, spotted and hairy and easy to recognize. The sheath ligules, oral setae and auricles are very large. Extremely large culms and tiny delicate leaves make this one highly collectable. New shoots emerge very early making this species difficult to grow in the north. New shoots are very susceptible to frost damage.

I recommend this species for USDA Climate Zones 7 and warmer, preferable in the southeast portion of the U.S. ‘Moso’ is being grown in climate zone 6 with good results, but it never reaches large sizes. You can expect 1/2 or less of the mature listed sizes in climate zones 6. Moso will not survive in zones 5.

In USDA Climate Zone 7 Southest expect mature size canes to 75+ feet in height.

In USDA Climate Zone 6 expect mature size canes to be 30 feet in height.

Moso can be grown in climate zone 6b-9a. Moso can only reach maturity reach in zones 7-8 in a few places in the world.

Mature Moso location in the U. S.

Moso planting need to be east of the 95th Meridian West.

North limit for mature sizes is basically on the southern Tennessee border, 35 parallel north.

Southern border is a line extending along the southern portion of the Florida panhandle, 30 parallel north.

Eastern border is the east U.S. coast within the 30-35 parallel north.

Moso is not limited by normal altitudes ranges within its climate tolerances.

‘Moso’ is distinguished by relatively short lower internodes in the strongly tapered, furry culms and has unusually small leaves. New plantings grow slowly, but the beauty of this species make it highly sought after. The large shoots make Moso the central species in the bamboo shoot business in both China and Japan.

The Japanese name for Phyllostachys edulis is Moso and the common name for it in Chinese is Mao zhu

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  1. 5 out of 5

    I am very happy with my purchase. As expected, the root ball arrived well wrapped in plastic bags and then taped up to protect it during transit. The plant looks healthy with an abundant amount of leaves and two strong culms. I live in a very hot area, so to allow them to acclimate, I planted them in an area that receives partial shade during the hottest months. So far everything is good.

    I look forward to buying from Lewis Bamboo again.

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  2. 5 out of 5

    The "Moso" arrived in a very timely manner ,expertly packed and in excellent condition. I can't wait to see this thing in action!!! I haven't had time to get it in the ground yet so I planted it in a 15 gallon pot until I can get it out into the garden. It's been less than 2 weeks and it's already put up a small shoot.

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  3. 5 out of 5

    One month and my Moso has doubled the number of canes. Triple the amount of foliage in the same time period. Well worth the money over trying to grow from seed. Save yourself a couple of years by getting a great established plant. Arrived perfectly as always. Thanks.

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  4. 5 out of 5

    When it arrived, it went into shock a bit for a while & scared me, but came out of it & has been growing great ever since. New shoots have come up as well. Thanks; great product!

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  5. 4 out of 5

    The plant came healthy but had a minor bug issue which in most cases can be quickly taken care of. The leaves remained in the plant with minimal shock from the shipping process and repotting. Really can't complain.

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  6. 5 out of 5

    Fast shipping, great packaging
    Perfect transaction!
    Thank You Lewis Bamboo!!

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  7. 5 out of 5

    Packaged great. Plant was large. Put some garden soil after digging a spot up. Hopefully it'll grow big :)

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  8. 5 out of 5

    I have bough the moso from you in 2013. Here In central NC, zone 7b. It is doing great and now in spring. I am seeing several large diameter shoots emerge out of the ground. Can't wait to see how tall they will get this year. When I bought them, they were in great shape with full of roots. Thank you for the great service you have provided.

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  9. 5 out of 5

    Plants were well packed and rooted great. A few years ago I bought Bamboo from Ty Ty .It was poorly packed with very little root system.The worst thing was after years I found out it was just a standard...

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  10. 5 out of 5

    It was wonderful. Before they even charge my card I was e-mailed to be informed that the plant I was purchasing would not be good for my climate to be planted outside. They answered all of my questions.

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  11. 5 out of 5

    I know that you guys see this all the time but I thought you might like to see what you helped us grow. I planted this Moso at my father's home about 6-8 years ago...the stock came from Lewis Farms. We have watched it grow over the years and were impressed that it had made it to about 3 inches diameter near the pond where we first planted it.
    I have always remembered, however, reading that Moso could get "as large as an oatmeal container." It seemed as if ours never father and I were exploring our Moso patch yesterday and looked through the thick brush that separates the creek from the small pond...we realized some bamboo had made a "leap" to beside the creek. I bushwhacked my was over to it and discovered it is LARGER than an oatmeal container...what a find!!!
    Dad (Pop) has really enjoyed watching the Moso grow (and Robert Young - viridis, black - nigra - and two other types I do not remember right now).
    It will be truly exciting next spring to see how much of the very large Moso appears.
    Thank you for helping us get this adventure started.
    Gary - Lithia Springs, GA

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  12. 5 out of 5

    I Just wanted to say How Pleased I was I got the Moso and the 2 Vivax... In perfect condition.... They're in the ground and I swear that they have grown some... maybe just the side branches but they seem alot bigger. Anyway... I'll note the seasonal low here at 39 degrees north and let you know how they faired over winter in Centerpoint, Indiana. Thanks Again ps: I'll be in touch for my next set of varieties... I have moso, vivax, rubromarginata, and yellow groove... all doing well. Maybe some of the black and the gray next time... take care.

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  13. 5 out of 5

    I planted the MOSO that ordered from you two days after I received it and have been watering it every day and it looks OUTSTANDING the leaves are nice and green and I could almost swear (not sure) there is already new foliage on it. Also I drove a Steel fence post down beside it so my wife won't run over it with the lawn mower like she did my Pigskin I ordered from you last year.
    Thanks for making the MOSO available to us I am sure there is a lot of work involved in doing this. There are some other people selling MOSO I have even seen it on Ebay but you are the only people that I TRUST to order my Bamboo from because of your Outstanding reputation which I think you have earned from your many years of selling Bamboo. Thanks again!

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  14. 5 out of 5

    Hello Roger Lewis...
    I know you are SUPER busy so I will keep it brief... well I tried to anyway.
    First, thank you for excellent Bamboo. I purchased from you Giant Moso, Gray Henon, and Slender Crookstem in mid June. They are all doing very well. The Moso has just exploded from the ground in less than 4 months. It has about a dozen growing very short culms and looks like a large bush now. The original six culms are leaning constantly it has added so many leaves to the branches. I am seeing radial roots three feet from the center in several directions.
    I have tried Moso from other sources... not good... I hope they survive the winter.Thank you for providing such great bamboo. You are truly professionals. I read your site regularly and look at the photographs. I actually mirror your site to mine (private) so I can find the changes more easily......

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  15. 5 out of 5

    We got the Bamboo plants yesterday and had them in the ground within 2 hours. I've been standing in the yard tapping my foot and waiting for them to grow!! Thank so much for your quick response to all my emails and for getting the plants out so quick. I am in retail and know what it means when service counts. THANKS.

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