photo copyright: Noah Bell,
Bamboo Garden 2011


photo copyright: Noah Bell 2009

Phyllostachys stimulosa

Maximum Height 25 feet
Diameter: 1.5 inches
Hardiness: -10 F
USDA Zone recommended 6a through 10

Grown in
Anhui, Zhejiang Province, China for its delicious shoots, this bamboo has straight, strong culms that have a heavy coating of wax at sheath fall. The new shoots are a very attractive reddish-brown. It is one of the hardier small Phyllostachys that grows to 20 feet in almost any climate. Similar in size and growth habit to P. bissetii.  It is very useful for making dense, upright privacy screens.  Be sure to check out our maintenance page for tips on how to control running bamboo.

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