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The most cold hardy bamboo of all the Phyllostachys. This bamboo is a dark green and has a very small leaf structure.

Scientific Name

Phyllostachys Nuda

Light Conditions

Sun to Shade

Maximum Height

34 feet

Maximum Diameter

1.75 inch

Minimum Temperature

−10 °F

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Phyllostachys Nuda is the most cold hardy of the running bamboo and the roots can survive to – 20 F. when established and mulched well. This is a great screening bamboo for extremely cold climate zones. Nuda comes from Zhejiang in east China. It has very dark green erect canes with the powdery white nodal ring present on new growth. It forms lush foliage to compliment the green canes. It also has thick canes walls with excellent wood qualities. The new shoots are edible.

Climate Zone 7 expect mature size canes to be over 30 feet. in height.

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

Climate Zone 5 expect mature size canes to be 10 feet in height.

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

You cannot expect it to reach mature sizes in USDA Climate Zone 4, but it is well suited for those areas way up north. Average heights of 12 to 18 feet in climate zones 6 at maturity. The culm (cane) sheath is gray/wine colored with no auricles or oral setae.

In zone 4, Idaho, we have reports of this species doing great. There is some foliage drop, but new canes have came back even when temps have gone to -30F.

At the Denver Zoo, climate zone 5,  after over 12 years nuda has sized out at an average of 10 feet in height by .50 inch diameter canes. It will remain evergreen in zone 5 after establishment of the rhizome system.

Plant introduction number (PI) into the U.S. 103938

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  1. 5 out of 5

    I have a couple of bamboo species in my yard, including 'Nuda' that I planted this Spring (2016). It took off very well and grew in height and sent out new shoots. Plants always arrive very well packaged and healthy. All of the bamboo I got from this store has been thriving, even though the Nature in New Mexico is not bamboo friendly (most of the water for the plants must come from the hose).

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  2. 5 out of 5

    Plants arrived well packaged and healthy. Gave them a gallon of water a day for the first couple of weeks and they seem to be doing well with a few new shoots. Our neighborhood rabbits seem to like them a lot too. Time will tell how they adapt to our north eastern Iowa winter. I plan on mulching them well before winter sets in.

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  3. 5 out of 5

    I live in Sonora, CA and love my new bamboo. It was packaged perfectly and is doing very well. Thank you for the quality of bamboo you sell

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  4. 5 out of 5

    We live in Western NY. Came well packaged in early spring got snowed on and some very cold temperatures in April. Got all 8 plants planted soon after and hoped for the best. Now Oct and they established themselves well and new shoots have sprouted. Great product and thou much work in clay soil we did install the barrier product and happy we did, otherwise this bamboo will overrun your property. My wife is Chinese and familiar with this bamboo and looking forward to using the shoots.

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  5. 5 out of 5

    No issues.

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  6. 5 out of 5

    I got a big chunk of roots with bamboo growing up out of it like 3 or 4 feet tall, Awesome! Thanks

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  7. 5 out of 5

    Excellent communication and advice during the ordering and shipping process. Very prompt shipping. Bamboo arrived in great condition! I definitely recommend Lewis Bamboo.

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  8. 5 out of 5

    Hi all! Just a short note to let you know that our bamboo has made it through the Iowa winter! It's getting new leaf buds on the stems and the main stalks are nice and green as they have been all winter...thank you for sending us top quality plants & instructions on planting for success! Looking forward to continued success of our "odd-ball" taste in this part of the country!
    Thanks ever so much!

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  9. 5 out of 5

    I received my eight bamboos today !! They are so cool !! I took them out of the boxes and they are currently wading in a baby pool in my garage until I can plant them this weekend. They made the trip safely and I was shocked how big they actually were !! I am so excited to make them a part of my home! Thanks again for your direction, quality product, and reliable service.
    Elkton, MD

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  10. 5 out of 5

    I received my bamboo plants today. They are absolutely beautiful. I plan to grow them in very large pots and care for them exactly as instructed on your website, then transplant them in the Spring on my 33 acres.
    I want to thank you for such a detailed and very informative website. It helped me a lot considering I never knew there was hardy Bamboo that would tolerate our winter weather in Ohio until I stumbled across your website. Thank you very much for the great packaging, safe arrival of my new "green" plants.
    It will compliment our environmentally friendly new home!

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    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. 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.

    More details can be found on our Planting Instruction Page


    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.



    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: Our Fertilizers


    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.