Photo copyright: Ned Jaquith, 1997
Ned Jaquith standing beneath a large grove of
Common names: Henon,
Maximum Height: 50 feet
Maximum Diameter: 3.5 inches
USDA Zone recommended 7 through 10
This green culmed timber bamboo is
thought to be the true species from which ‘Black Bamboo’ originated. In the
Pacific Northwest it is one of the largest bamboos. There are mature stands
that reach a height of 50 feet with a culm diameter of nearly 4 inches. The
wood of this species has greater density and strength than most other timber
bamboo except P.
may be much hardier than 0° F, possibly hardy to -10° F. The culms age to an
distinct olive grey color; some call it as “Giant Grey Bamboo”. It’s
vigorous growth, feather-like leaf pattern, and upright habit, make 'Henon’
one of the finest choices for a true bamboo forest.