A very fast growing bamboo that is great for screening purposes under 25 feet.

Scientific Name

Phyllostachys Stimulosa

Light Conditions

Sun to Shade

Maximum Height

18 feet

Maximum Diameter

1.5 inch

Minimum Temperature

−5 °F

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Phyllostachys Stimulosa is great for screening purposes under 25 feet. We have yet to see Stimulosa to grow taller than 16 feet in zones 7. In colder climate zone 6 it will most likely grow to around 12 feet in height with one inch canes. This species has limbs and foliage to within one foot of the ground and will provide a great mid height privacy screen. A very fast growing species with prominent nodes and very horizontal branches. A beautiful dark green bamboo with growing habits very similar to Congesta or Phyllostachys Atrovaginata. A sturdy thick walled cane making it very useful for gardening purposes or crafts.

Most shorter bamboo have large leaves and very small canes. This bamboo gives you typical looking bamboo canes and foliage while still remaining at a shorter height range. I have found this species similar to several other Phyllostachys that adapt to well wet planting sites.

Native to China this species is not common and is being collected by many bamboo enthusiast. Reports are that this one is growing as fast as Phyllostachys Rubromarginata or Phyllostachys Aurea.

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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


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    More details can be found on our Planting Instruction Page


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