Photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2008
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Photo copyright: Ned Jaquith, 2007
Photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2006
Close up showing longitudinal striae.
Height: 16 to 25 feet
Diameter: 2 inches
Hardiness: 15° F
USDA zone 8 through 9, not for climates
with high heat and humidity (southeastern states).
One of our most exciting new
bamboos. New culms are powdery blue-white aging to olive/yellow, with fine
longitudinal striae. The tan culm sheaths are very large and hang from the
plant in obtuse angles. The inside of the sheath is shiny and reflective.
Later in the season they fall off completely, leaving behind the
bluish-white culms. Leaves are medium size, matte green. In their first year
the culms are pretty upright; second and third year, as the foliage grows
more dense, the added weight causes the culms to arch outward. There
is always a combination on new, upright culms in the center, with older
arching culms around the outside (see photo on left).
We are amazed how quickly this plant reaches a tall height.
We planted a 10 gallon B. papyrifera on the hillside near our office
in late spring of 2005, by summer of 2008 it produced culms that measured 17
feet in height with one inch diameter at the node. Very impressive. The
color is unbelievable.
Originally collected by Dr. Chris
Stapleton in Yunnan, China, near the Myanmar border, at elevation
approaching 12,000 feet. It is edible, and used by local cultures for tool handles and for making paper.
very limited supply
Back to clumping bamboos
copyright: Ned Jaquith, 2007
Close up showing large, "paper-like" culm