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Our most Cold Hardy bamboo

Use this guide if you experience winter low temps of 5F or less
The following are bamboo that should have little or no damage when exposed to the listed temperatures for a short period of time. Winds or prolonged cold spells can cause more significant damage to culms and foliage. The root mass often will survive colder temperatures, even if the culms die back to the ground, sending up healthy new shoots the following spring. Many groundcover bamboos (not mentioned in this list), although leaf hardy to near 0 F, are root hardy well below 0 F.

1. Click on map on right to determine your USDA Hardiness Zone

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photos copyright: Noah Bell, Bamboo Garden

Phyllostachys and Fargesia are the two most cold hardy groups of bamboo. See below for listing of each species with their lowest hardiness zone and minimum temperature:
hardy down to USDA  Zone 5
minimum temp. hardy down to USDA  Zone 5
minimum temp.
Fargesia nitida
-20 F Phyllostachys nuda -10 F
Fargesia murielae
-20 F Phyllostachys bissetii -10 F
Fargesia sp. 'Jiuzhaigou' I (clumping) -20 F Phyllostachys aureosulcata "Yellow Groove" -10 F
Fargesia sp. 'Jiuzhaigou' II (clumping) -20 F Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Aureocaulis' -10 F
Fargesia sp. 'Jiuzhaigou Genf' (clumping) -20 F Phyllostachys aureosulcata
'Lama Temple'
-10 F
Fargesia sp. 'Jiuzhaigou IV'
-20 F Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Harbin Inversa' -10 F
Fargesia sp. 'Jiuzhaigou X'
-20 F Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Spectabilis' -10 F
Fargesia sp. 'Rufa'
Green Panda

-15 F Phyllostachys atrovaginata "Incense Bamboo" -10 F
Fargesia sp. 'Rufa'
-15 F Phyllostachys decora  "Beautiful Bamboo" -10 F
Fargesia dracocephala (clumping) -10 F Phyllostachys parvifolia -10 F
  Phyllostachys stimulosa -10 F
Phyllostachys heteroclada 'Solid Stem' -10 F
hardy down to USDA Zone 6 minimum temp. hardy down to USDA Zone 6 minimum temp.
Fargesia denudata
-5 F Arundinaria gigantea -5 F
Fargesia denudata Xian II (clumping) -5 F Phyllostachys vivax 'Huangwenzhu' -5 F
Sasamorpha borealis -5 F Phyllostachys vivax 'Aureocaulis' -5 F
Sasa veitchii -5 F Phyllostachys vivax 'Huangwenzhu Inversa' -5 F
Indocalamus tessellatus -5 F Phyllostachys nigra 'Henon' -5 F
Phyllostachys rubromarginata -5 F Shibataea kumasaca -5 F
Phyllostachys vivax -5 F Shibataea chinensis -5 F

Photo copyright: Noah Bell, Bamboo Garden
Timber Bamboo  (Phyllostachys)   
30 to 70 ft. tall
Mid-sized Bamboo (Phyllostachys)
15 to 30 ft tall
Cold-hardy Clumping Bamboo       
6 to 25 ft. tall
Cold-sensitive Clumping Bamboo
 6 to 50 ft. tall
Other Running Bamboo               
6 to 25 ft. tall
Small Running Bamboo                
1 to 8 ft. tall
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