photo copyright: Dain Sansome, 2019

5 gallon pots of Phyllostachys bambusoides 
photo copyright: Dain Sansome, 2019   


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Phyllostachys bambusoides
Common Names: Madake, Giant Timber Bamboo, Japanese Timber Bamboo

Maximum Height: 72 feet, average height 50 feet
Diameter: 4 - 6 inches
Hardiness: 5 F
USDA Zone recommended 7 through 10

Of all the temperate timber bamboos, this is the strongest. Although not native to Japan, Madake is the bamboo most preferred for building in that country. It is a good bamboo for places that get snow, but do not get colder that 5 F, since it sheds snow better than most other large bamboos. It is also very upright, not leaning to the sun as some others do.

P. bambusoides at San Francisco airport
   photo copyright: Ned Jaquith, 2019