Red Margin Bamboo

4.78 out of 5 based on 23 customer ratings
(23 customer reviews )

$39.00$54.00

Red Margin Bamboo is an excellent choice for privacy screening in colder climate zones because of its fast growth, cold hardiness and ability to withstand cold dry winds. It is named for the small red margins of coloration on all the new edible shoots.

Scientific Name

Phyllostachys Rubromarginata ‘Red Margin’

Light Conditions

Sun to Shade

Maximum Height

60 feet

Maximum Diameter

3 inch

Minimum Temperature

-5 °F

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Product Description

“Phyllostachys Rubromarginata ‘Red Margin Bamboo’ is our fasted growing screening bamboo. ‘Red Margin Bamboo’ is an excellent choice for privacy screening in colder climate zones because of its fast growth, cold hardiness and ability to withstand cold dry winds. It is named for the small red margins of coloration on all the new edible shoots.

This past year ‘Red Margin Bamboo’ was the most sought after bamboo we supplied. It has beautiful green canes with long nodes. Very hardy bamboo that makes a great screen and is growing well in warm climate zones 5 locations.

This one is doing well above 5000 feet in cold Denver, CO.  The culm (cane) sheaths are olive color with fine reddish striping. The culm sheath borders have the pronounced red margin. Sheath auricles and oral setae are absent. The ligule is dark red in color. Handles salt spray well. This great bamboo will provide a screening effect even in densely shaded areas.

In USDA Climate Zone 7 expect mature size canes to be over 50 feet. in height.

In USDA Climate Zone 6 expect mature size canes to be 20 to 30 feet in height.

In USDA Climate Zone 5 expect mature size canes to be 12 to 18 feet in height.

An extensive government study done by the University of Auburn agriculture department showed it to be superior in culm/rhizome production. The university tested twenty seven species over a thirty year period and found it be dramatically superior over the other bamboo tested in the genus. We have found this species to be a healthy and strong grower. It is one of the best species if you want to have a bamboo grove or screen fast.

Phyllostachys Rubromarginata ‘Red Margin’ is an excellent choice for shaded areas. This species has proven to do very well in deep shade. In our experience it has also adapted to wet sites very well. Even out performing Phyllostachys atrovaginata or Phyllostachys purpurata in poorly drained areas. Once established it grows very dense and produces hundreds of canes close together.

The beautiful canes are highly sought after for use in arts and crafts. The long inter nodal spaces can reach up to 22 inches on mature canes. The hard wood of this species make it an excellent timber bamboo.

It’s name is derived from the beautiful red markings on the new spring shoots.

Plant introduction number (PI) into the U.S. 77000

The Chinese name for Phyllostachys rubromarginata is Hong Bian zhu

Customers' review

Rated 4.78 out of 5 stars
23 reviews

23 reviews for Red Margin Bamboo

  1. donnadvds@yahoo.com
    4 out of 5

    They arrived in good shape and were planted after a week of sheltered acclimation. They looked good when planted and were protected from wind as instructed. They are stressed and loosing color now. It may have been to early to ship this far North something you may want to consider in future. Southerners sometimes do not grasp the difference in temps. When we have a high of 50 it may only be for 1/2 hour while most of day is 30's nights 20's. While it was warm when planted we have had some twenties and 2 snows since then. Our climate is not very consistent. They are not joking when they say if you wore flip flops and winter boots in same week you might be from Ohio. Hoping the bamboo survives.
    I think they will be fine next year if they make it because they will be acclimated.

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  2. chuckoluckjan23@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

    Chuck K.Great fast service, beautiful bamboo plants. Great customer service

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  3. roger@lewisbamboo.com
    3 out of 5

    Requested that the packages be sent FedEx because UPS has a poor time delivering to me. Lewis Bamboo does not have a FedEx option. UPS made it but it took over a week for the plants to arrive. They looked a little dehyrated upon delivery but responded fast after a little water. The whole situation could have been avoid if they had a FedEx option.

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  4. Glgreb@frontier.com
    5 out of 5

    The plants I received from Lewis were great. This is the first year that I've had them planted. They are already sending out runners, so I'm very pleased. Looking forward to seeing what this Spring brings forth.

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  5. yiwamotonj@msn.com
    5 out of 5

    The two plants I ordered came really fast, well packaged, and in great condition. I've been looking for bamboo plants and from what I've seen, Lewis Bamboo prices are the lowest.

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  6. beanstx@hotmail.com
    4 out of 5

    I have red margin bamboo and black bamboo. The plants arrived in great condition. The black bamboo seems to be growing faster and thicker than the red margin bamboo and it's the red margin that I need to really take off (using as privacy from neighbors). I planted the black bamboo in a 15" pot and the red margin in maybe 3' pots. It was my understanding that the deeper the pot, the taller and quicker the bamboo would grow; not so much is the case for my red margin. Nonetheless, I am enjoying my purchases and will order again if needed.

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  7. kramerjn@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

    This particular variety is extremely fun to grow.

    Lewis Bamboo always sends a healthy plant with plenty of leaves. Very very happy!

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  8. threedsgnana@gmail.com
    4 out of 5

    My plants are doing good, anxious to see how they winter.

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  9. cactuslover492@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

    Came in good condition and fast, definitely will recommend it to the friend.

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  10. 13@cloudy.com
    5 out of 5

    I was trying to order the product on a Sunday (it might have even been a holiday). The website wasn't giving the proper shipping so that I could check out. I left a message and imagine my surprise when I received a reply from Daniel. After a couple of emails back and forth he was able to figure out what the problem was and I placed the order (again-this was on a SUNDAY!!). A few days later the bamboo trees arrived and they were perfect. Every single tree was packaged perfectly.
    We planted all of them and a few months later they look great! They are growing like mad and some of them even have 'shot' off and are starting to multiply.

    My only regret is that I didn't order them sooner!!

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  11. juanmlee@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

    I ordered 10 of these to complement recently planted Spectabilis, which were planted a couple months prior. The Spectabilis was growing fine but when I mixed the Red Margins with the other bamboos, it made the other bamboo plants actually grow taller and more full. These seem to be an excellent buy and complement to the existing bamboo.

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  12. barry@evcox.com
    5 out of 5

    My order arrived in great condition and I planted my single trial specimen of this species in very early spring, My single 2 gallon trial even put up a couple of new culms a few weeks later, they were small but I did not expect them to do anything their first year. It has made it through an extremely dry late summer here in the mid south and I've been watering it about twice a week as it is in a part shade area under some trees and not full sun. Nobody can guarantee a plant to grow wherever you plant it, but Lewis will send you a healthy plant at a good price and that is all I ask.

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  13. mike@mhpayne.com
    5 out of 5

    Roger and Daniel really took care of me and my order of (6) #3 Phyllostachys rubromarginata. They were very patient and responsive to my many emails and questions. They shipped Wednesday, and I received the plants Friday at Noon. Don't be surprised at the little care the shipper provides. Fortunately, they were packed extremely well, and the root balls were still moist. The plants themselves were even healthier and taller than I imagined. The hardest part of the process was digging the trench to lay the border barrier; which I also purchased here a while back. I had a lot of rocks and roots to contend with. My only problem now is finding room on my property for more bamboo!

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  14. hooperhd@yahoo.com
    5 out of 5

    I purchased my Red Margin about 5 years ago from Lewis Bamboo and I couldn't be happier, the shoots from this spring look to be topping 25 feet. Additionally, I have a grove of Spectabilis that I purchased from Lewis and had to transplant starts to our new property, this planting is about 6 years old and this year the shoots topped 20 feet.

    Please don't make the mistake I made, I got lazy and didn't properly trim my roots, this spring I had to trench both plantings to 36 inches and pull up the runners (not fun), but I just received 2 - 100ft rolls of 80mil ploy from Lewis to prevent any further "escapes". It is important to note that the longest runner from the grove planting was only about 25 feet over 6 years of growth in zone 6. So it spreads methodically, but is far from "invasive".

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  15. roger@lewisbamboo.com
    5 out of 5

    Mr. Stilley, thank you so much for your feedback. It is greatly appreciated as is your business.

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  16. marich1975@yahoo.com
    5 out of 5

    Great Bamboo it has nice new growth!!

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  17. Flintfinder79@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

    Great customer service, great shipping . Nice plants.

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  18. jb1kenob@hotmail.com
    5 out of 5

    This seller, Lewis Bamboo, is AWESOME! They answered my questions over the phone, they shipped a wonderful plant--and fast! They are a rare family-owned company and they care about their customers.

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  19. jb1kenob@hotmail.com
    5 out of 5

    If I need any more bamboo this is the company I will deal with.

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  20. jb1kenob@hotmail.com
    5 out of 5

    Great on everything! Shipping came fast and the product looked even better then I expected. Yes, I'm happy with the results.

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  21. jb1kenob@hotmail.com
    5 out of 5

    Quick shipping! Expert advice. I am in year two of a three year bamboo planting project up north. So far, so good!!! Thanks, Roger!

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  22. jb1kenob@hotmail.com
    5 out of 5

    Very nice and healthy plants were shipped quickly and packged well. I will be a repeat customer and will recommend to my friends.

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  23. jb1kenob@hotmail.com
    5 out of 5

    Hello Roger:
    On Tuesday last week I left on a trip. There were a few new shoots, but nothing special. When I got back on Saturday there were two inches of water in the rain gauges and new shoots all over the place. The shoots have kept coming, and now I count about 120 from the 20 divisions you sent me in 2003 and 2004. A lot of the shoots measure a third to three-eighths of an inch at the base. I dug up one rhizome that had intruded into the kill zone and it had a lot of buds on it, in addition to the shoots that were showing. Some of the divisions have a dozen or more shoots, and others have very few. The 2004 divisions are showing much more rhizome development than the 2003 divisions showed in their second year. I think maybe last year's heavy mid-season application of composted chicken manure had something to do with it.
    Most of the divisions you sent me at the end of February this year have new shoots.
    Jim
    South Carolina

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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. How Bamboo Grows

    Soil

    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.

    Sun

    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.

    Spacing

    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

    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

    Maintenance

    Fertilizer

    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: All Fertilizers

    Control

    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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