photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2006

photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2006
New shoots on Stone Bamboo.

Phyllostachys angusta
Common Name: "Stone Bamboo"

Expected Height: 25 feet, usually 20 feet
Diameter: 1.5 inches
Hardiness: -5 F
USDA Zone recommended 6 through 10

P. angusta
has very straight, strong culms and is one of the shortest of the Phyllostachys genus. The new shoots have distinct cream colored culm sheaths, with mysterious dark spots that seem hard to focus on. It is called Stone Bamboo because of its inherent toughness and hard texture of the culms which in China are used to make bamboo furniture. For us, it has been one of the best bamboos for staying upright in the snow. Last year (2008) it was flattened by 2 feet of snow, but has popped right back up.

Photo copyright: Ned Jaquith, 2008
Ph angusta recovering from 2 feet of snow December 2008

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