Photos copyright: Noah Bell 2005
Photos copyright: Noah Bell, 2006
Note the new shoots are light green.
Common names: "Temple Bamboo"
Maximum Height: 35 feet
Expected Northwest Height: 25 feet
Diameter: 1.5 inches
Hardiness: -5º F
USDA zone 6b through 10
S. fastuosa is the largest hardy bamboo in
the Pacific Northwest that is not a Phyllostachys. It is
upright and makes a good screen or hedge. This bamboo is supposed to
grow 35 feet tall, but has only reached a height of 25 feet at the Bamboo
Garden Nursery near Portland, OR. The culms start green then age
to a burgundy color in the Fall, when the temperature drops to near freezing.
During the growing season it appears to be primarily a green caned bamboo. It grows well in sun or shade.