Photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2006

Phyllostachys violascens

Height: 30 feet
Diameter: 2 inches
Hardiness: 0 F
USDA Zone recommended 6 through 10

This bamboo is an enigma. Sometimes striped with brownish purple. Sometimes striped with gold or yellow. And, sometimes just plain green. It spreads vigorously but its wood is not very strong so in an average winter expect several canes to break under the weight of the snow.

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