Photo copyright:  Ned Jaquith 2007


Photo copyright:  Ned Jaquith 2007

 

Arundinaria gigantea
Common Name: River Cane or Canebreak bamboo

Maximum Height: 15-20 feet
Diameter: 1 inch
Hardiness: -10° F
USDA zone 6 through 10

This species, along with its shorter form, ‘Tecta’, are the only bamboos native to the United States. It was once widespread in the southeast, growing in Florida and as far north as Ohio and Maryland, covering thousands of acres of rich bottomland. Although still seen in small patches, these large groves have largely been replaced by farms. Arundinaria gigantea has been recorded growing to over 30 feet tall in the past, but it is now seldom seen growing much over 20 feet tall.  The 'Tecta' form looks similar but only grows 6-8 feet tall and is tolerant of wet soil. Another variety called 'Macon' is rumored to grow more upright and to be cold tolerant to -22 F.  We cannot verify if this is true, but we hope so.
We have all three types, but only in limited quantity for sales.

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