Photos copyright: Noah Bell 2005


Photos copyright: Noah Bell, 2006
Note the new shoots are light green.
 

Semiarundinaria fastuosa
Common names: "Temple Bamboo" 
                         "Narihira Bamboo"

Maximum Height: 35 feet
Expected Northwest Height: 25 feet
Diameter: 1.5 inches
Hardiness: -5 F
USDA zone 6b through 10

 S. fastuosa is the largest hardy bamboo in the Pacific Northwest that is not a Phyllostachys.  It is upright and makes a good screen or hedge. This bamboo is supposed to grow 35 feet tall, but has only reached a height of 25 feet at the Bamboo Garden Nursery near Portland, OR. The culms start green then age to a burgundy color in the Fall, when the temperature drops to near freezing. During the growing season it appears to be primarily a green caned bamboo. It grows well in sun or shade.