At Don Emenhiser's in Corvallis, OR
         Photos copyright: Ned Jaquith, 2003

 Photos copyright: Ned Jaquith, 2003

A compact, upright four year old T. tessellatus makes a nice, tidy specimen along a wooden fence.


Thamnocalamus tessellatus

Maximum height 16 feet, 12 - 15 feet average
Diameter: 1 inch
Hardiness 5 F

USDA Zone recommended 7 through 10
* Does not do well in hot, humid climates,
for example: Texas, Florida, Lousiana, etc.

One of best clumping bamboos for a sunny location. It is also more upright than our other hardy clumping bamboos. This bamboo is from South Africa, where it is called Bergbamboes, or mountain bamboo; it is the only African bamboo hardy enough to grow in the Pacific Northwest. It is an unusual bamboo, having very thick culms in relation to its height. As you can see from the pictures, it forms a tight clump, unlike the open clump reported in some publications.
It is also quite wind tolerant and can be used in coastal landscapes.

We recommend this bamboo for zone 7 through 9.  It will usually show some foliar damage when exposed to temperatures of 12 F or lower.  At 0F, it will likely loose many canes, in addition to the leaves.

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