Photos copyright: Dain Sansome, 2003
Phyllostachys heteroclada as a screen
Photo copyright: Ned Jaquith, 2000
Common name: Water Bamboo
Maximum Height: 30 feet
Diameter: 2 inches
Hardiness: -5 F
USDA Zone recommended 6b through 10
This bamboo is popular for screens and groves because of its vigor. It
is also called Phyllostachys purpurata. Water Bamboo has
air canals in the rhizomes and roots which allow it to grow in wet soils where other
bamboos would suffer. At maturity this species has the darkest gray-green culms
of our bamboos. It is very straight and tall.
There is a cultivar of Water Bamboo called
P. heteroclada 'Solid Stem'
which, amazingly, has a solid cane! It
also is listed by the American Bamboo Society to be cold hardy to
-11 F. It has similar growth habit and appearance to the regular
P. heteroclada in these photos, though does not usually get taller than 25 feet.
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