copyright: Noah Bell, 2009,
Colorful culm sheath blades on new shoot.
Back to Timber Bamboos
copyright: Ned Jaquith, 2005, Bamboo Garden
Maximum Height: 40+ feet
Diameter: 3.5 inches
Hardiness: -5º F
USDA Zone recommended 6
iridescens is one of our largest, fastest growing, and strongest
bamboos. The culm walls are very thick and are used for timber. Many of the
canes have light yellow striping and a bright white band beneath the node.
Some also have graceful bends in the lower internodes. The culm sheaths when
the new shoots emerge are a very attractive reddish-brown, with long,
colorful sheath blades (see photo on left). This bamboo makes a nice
specimen or grove and is very cold hardy and reliable.
copyright: Noah Bell, 2009, Bamboo Garden
photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2009, Bamboo Garden