Photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2006
P. nidularia has glossy leaves that seem to glow in bright sun.  
Photo copyright: Noah Bell, Bamboo Garden, 2009 

Photo copyright: Noah Bell, Bamboo Garden, 2009

Phyllostachys nidularia culm sheath
Photo copyright: Ned Jaquith

Phyllostachys nidularia
Common name: Nidularia

Maximum height: 33 feet
Diameter: 1 3/4 inches
Hardiness: 0 F
Recommended for USDA zone 7 through 10

      This bamboo, like P. heteroclada and P. atrovaginata, has small air canals inside the rhizome making it tolerant of wet soil (but not standing water for long periods of time). It is a medium height, upright bamboo with rather large leaves for a Phyllostachys. It is a  good choice for a tall screen. The culms nodes are distinct and prominent and new shoots are known to be good eating. An unusual and underrated bamboo that should be used more often.  At 10F last winter 08/09, this bamboo showed no sign of cold damage.
       The flowers in the picture below were taken in about 1994 and the small plant died shortly there after. We have had no flowering on any plants lately. The inflorescence is capitate, placing it in the Heteroclada grouping of the Phyllostachys: those tolerant of wet soil. The lower left picture shows the very unusual culm sheath with auricles wrapping around the culm crossing on the back side.


Photo copyright: Noah Bell, Bamboo Garden, 2009
Foliage pattern of P. nidularia
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Photo copyright: Noah Bell, Bamboo Garden, 2009

Phyllostachys nidularia flowers
Photo copyright: Ned Jaquith