Jos Van der Palen
at his Phyllostachys Parvifolia
Photo copyright: Ned
PHOTO COPYRIGHT: CHINA FORESTRY PUBLISHING HOUSE
We scanned this photo from the awesome book, A Compendium of Chinese Bamboo.
It shows a mature grove of P. parvifolia growing in its native
habitat, Anji and Zhejiang provinces.
NOTE: A Bamboo Compendium is not printed in the United States, but you can
order it from Bamboo Garden.
Expected Height: 40 feet and possibly much
Diameter: 3.25 inches and possibly larger
Hardiness: possibly -5° to -15°
USDA Zone recommended 6 through 10
Newly introduced from nurseries in Europe
(originally from Anji and Zhejiang provinces in China),
this bamboo is hoped to be a good option for large timber bamboo in colder
climates. Like Moso, the leaves are small which should
give it a similar appearance, though it is more closely related to P.
atrovaginata than Moso. The new culms are dark green with a bright white
ring under the node. The culm sheaths are a light brown sometimes somewhat
reddish, with light vertical striation. There is a fine photo on Page 138 of "A Compendium of Chinese
Bamboo," showing the beauty of these shoots. (see
scanned photo, bottom left) It shoots moderately early and
the shoots are of excellent flavor.
It is in the heteroclada
section of the Phyllostachys, which can be confirmed by the closeup of the
new shoot. This suggests that it will be tolerant of
heavy and wet soils as are other bamboos in that section. Experience in
Europe suggests it may be hardier even than aureosulcata and bissetii. It is
the largest bamboo in the garden of Jos Van der Palen at
Photo copyright: Ned Jaquith, 2006
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