photo copyright: Noah Bell, Bamboo Garden 2019

Phyllostachys parvifolia

Expected Height: 40 feet and possibly much larger
Diameter: 3.25 inches and possibly larger
Hardiness: possibly -5 to -15 F
USDA Zone recommended 5b through 10

Newly introduced from nurseries in  Europe
(originally from Anji and Zhejiang provinces in China), this bamboo is hoped to be a good option for large timber bamboo in colder climates.  Like Moso, the leaves are small which should give it a similar appearance, though it is more closely related to P. atrovaginata than Moso. The new culms are dark green with a bright white ring under the node. The culm sheaths are a light brown sometimes somewhat reddish, with light vertical striation.  There is a fine photo on Page 138 of "A Compendium of Chinese Bamboo," showing the beauty of these shoots. (see scanned photo, bottom left) It shoots moderately early and the shoots are of excellent flavor. It is in the heteroclada section of the Phyllostachys, which can be confirmed by the closeup of the new shoot. This suggests that it will be tolerant of heavy and wet soils as are other bamboos in that section. Experience in Europe suggests it may be hardier even than aureosulcata and bissetii. It is the largest bamboo in the garden of Jos Van der Palen at

Jos Van der Palen at his Phyllostachys parvifolia
Photo copyright: N
ed Jaquith, Bamboo Garden 2019
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photo copyright: Noah Bell, Bamboo Garden 2019

We scanned this photo from the awesome book, A Compendium of Chinese Bamboo. It shows a mature grove of  P. parvifolia growing in its native habitat, Anji and Zhejiang provinces.
NOTE: A Bamboo Compendium is not printed in the United States, but you can order it from Bamboo Garden.

photo copyright: Noah Bell, Bamboo Garden 2019