Description from Bamboo Garden
These are our largest temperate bamboos, several of which can grow over 40 feet tall and up to 6 inches in diameter. Phyllostachys are what many consider to be the classic bamboo –a giant grass capable of forming beautiful, open groves. Distinctive characteristics include impressively tall, robust culms with a pair of branches at each node. Cold hardy and fast growing
The genus Phyllostachys is the most familiar among bamboos found in the temperate world. Most species are native to middle to eastern China and Japan. It includes a great range of sizes; P. aurea ‘Koi’ barely reaching 20 feet, to P. edulis “Moso” which can grow over 70 feet tall. Phyllostachys also boasts some of the most prolific bamboos, such as P. aureosulcata “Yellow Groove” and P. heteroclada “Water Bamboo.” These are strong, resilient, and generally fast-spreading bamboos which can withstand the heat, cold, and drought that we encounter in our vast and varied climate within the United States and Canada. Phyllostachys are what many consider to be the classic bamboo –a giant grass capable of forming beautiful, open groves. Distinctive characteristics include impressively tall, robust culms with a pair of branches at each node, and a sulcus (an indentation in the side of the culm above the branches). Not only are they effective, fast-growing privacy screens; they also have great ornamental value. Phyllostachys come in a number of culm colors, butterscotch gold, black, light and dark green, lemon yellow sometimes with a red blush in the spring, and green culms which are often covered with an attractive bluish waxy coating in the spring. Some species, such as P. aureosulcata ‘Spectabilis’, create a striking color contrast between bright yellow culms and a dark green sulcus.
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