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Phyllostachys bambusoides 'Richard Haubrich'

Max/Avg Height (ft.): 30, 15-20

Diameter: 1.25 inches

Hardiness: 5º F

USDA Zones: 8-10

Perhaps the most unusual of all of our variegated bamboos, this form of "Giant Timber Bamboo" is also one of the slowest growing. We have had the plant over ten years, but have sold very few, while the parent plant is scarcely taller than 10 feet and spread only about 5 feet from the original. Named for Richard Haubrich, the founding President of the American Bamboo Society. The foliage acquires an orange tinge in the late spring when grown with the correct amount of shade. This bamboo is very difficult to propagate, seldom available and we can not guarantee it. 'Richard Haubrich' is thought to be very slow growing because of the lack of chlorophyll in the foliage. It was discovered in two areas: once in California near the base of a flowered out 'Castillon'.  Much later, our friend Kerri Flemmons discovered another clone near a flowering P. aurea in Oregon.  The two clones look identical, but the Oregon clone seems to grow a little faster; patience is a virtue with this plant. Stunning orange sorbet and cream colored leaves are truly spectacular and well worth the wait.  It needs a sheltered and wind free area to flourish, but not too much shade or it will grow too slowly.  Perhaps strong morning sun with shade from 3PM till dusk would be ideal. Because it is so slow growing, its spreading type rhizome is not much of a concern. If you can't handle five feet of spread in 10 years, maybe bamboo is not the best choice!

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Phyllostachys bambusoides 'Richard Haubrich'
30, 15-20