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Phyllostachys bambusoides

Madake, Japanese Timber Bamboo, Giant Timber Bamboo

Max/Avg Height (ft.): 72, 40-50

Diameter: 4-6 inches

Hardiness: 5º F

USDA Zones: 7-10

Of all the temperate timber bamboos, this is the strongest. Although not native to Japan, Madake is the bamboo most preferred for building in that country. It is a good bamboo for places that get snow, but do not get colder that 5º F, since it sheds snow better than most other large bamboos. It is also very upright, not leaning to the sun as some others do. The first picture shows P. bambusoides planted at the airport in San Francisco.

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#1

1 to 3 ft

#2

2 to 4 ft

#5

4 to 7 ft

#10

6 to 12 ft

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Mature Height Max / Avg. (ft.) in Zone 8
Running
or Clumping
USDA
Hardiness
Zone Range
Light Tolerance
Range (1-5)
*Depends on climate*
Phyllostachys bambusoides
$35
$50
$105
$165
$220
$290
$320
$520
72, 40-50
R
7-10
3-5