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Lewis Bamboo


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  • Scientific Name: Phyllostachys Vivax
  • Sunlight: Sun to Shade
  • Maximum Height: 70 feet
  • Maximum Diameter: 5 inch
  • Minimum Temperature: 5 °F
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Characteristics of Phyllostachys Vivax

This is a giant bamboo that will get very large quickly. The canes have thin walls, which makes them easy to split for working with crafts. This gentle giant bamboo can easily be recognized from a distance by its elegant drooping foliage.

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Why choose this bamboo?

  • Obtains mature size faster than most all species.
  • Typically produces less numerous but larger diameter canes.
  • Large foliage and slightly off-set cane sections provide a unique appearance.

Phyllostachys Vivax is a very cold hardy giant bamboo similar in appearance to 'Japanese Timber Bamboo. Vivax sizes up the fastest of all large bamboo and is always in high demand.

For a Phyllostachys, it has very large leaves with deep green colors. The culm (cane) sheaths are creamy buff color with brown spotting. The oral setae and auricles are absent from the culm sheaths. Small or juvenile plants will not have the same coloring but will have characteristics such as the absence of oral setae or auricles. Shoots of juveniles will be lighter in coloration in most climates. Aggressive in full sun.

In USDA Climate Zone 7 expect mature size canes to be over 40 feet in height possibly growing to near 70 feet.

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

In climate zones 7 and warmer, Vivax is an excellent choice. Growing to 40 feet tall on Long Island, N.Y. Vivax has been reported to handle temperatures to -10 F. If you grow this timber bamboo in colder areas such as climate zone 6, expect culm damage from ice and snow damage. The thin-walled culm of this giant snaps with heavy ice and snow loads which is common in zones 6. despite this common occurrence, it still grows to large diameters. New canes will emerge each Spring to replace any damaged ones that might occur during Winter times. It also handles salt spray well and is being grown along coastal areas throughout the U.S.

Vivax has thin walls, which makes it easy to split for working with crafts. It can easily be recognized from a distance by its elegant drooping foliage.

Shoots begin to emerge early mid-season and have been found free from any unpleasant taste, even in the uncooked state.

Plant introduction number (PI) into the U.S. 82047