Photo copyright: Noah Bell, Bamboo Garden
Young culms of the P. dulcis have a coating of white powder.

Photo copyright: Noah Bell, Bamboo Garden
A beautiful batch of new shoots, late May, 65 ̊ F

Phyllostachys dulcis new shoots and canes approx 3" in diameter.
Photo copyright: Jed Doty


Culm with cream stripes

Photo copyright: Ned Jaquith  2003

 

Phyllostachys dulcis
Common name: Sweetshoot Bamboo

Maximum Height: 40 feet
Diameter: 3 inches
Hardiness: 0 - 5 F
USDA Zone recommended 6 through 10


The masses of large drooping leaves, the thick culms, and a white ring at the node make this one of our most beautiful bamboos. Sweetshoot bamboo is also one of the quickest growing. It gets very thick canes for its comparatively short height. Phyllostachys dulcis will occasionally display cream-colored stripes on its culms. This species is grown in China for its tasty shoots early in the season. Shoots begin appearing around the end of April in the Pacific Northwest and are among the best of the edible bamboosP. dulcis is a great option for people who like the really thick diameter canes, but don't want towering height of over 40 feet. Dulcis is probably the best bamboo for creating a small scale "Bamboo Grove" because it can make large canes even in tight spaces.  Just be sure to have a good maintenance system in place to control the spread.

Photo copyright: Noah Bell, Bamboo Garden

Photo copyright: Noah Bell, Bamboo Garden
Fascinating details of bamboo anatomy:
"Auricle" attached to the sheath of a new shoot of P. dulcis.  Each bamboo type has a different auricle and sheath blade color and shape.  Some species of green caned bamboo are very similar; looking closely at the new shoot is the best way to properly identify them.

 
Photo copyright: Ned Jaquith  2003    
 A nice grove of P. dulcis in Portland, OR. 

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