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Phyllostachys bissetii

Bissett's Bamboo

Max/Avg Height (ft.): 35, 20-25

Diameter: 1 inch

Hardiness: -10° F

USDA Zones: 5-10

One of the hardiest bamboos with dark green culms and evergreen foliage. One of our smaller Phyllostachys, usually growing only a little over 20 feet tall in our climate. Two bamboo growers though have claimed to have plants growing to 45 feet tall under ideal conditions. For us it remains a smaller bamboo. This bamboo can form an extremely dense canopy, scarcely admitting any light to the ground. P. bissetii is a great option for growing in containers because it tends to be smaller and is extremely cold hardy.  It makes a great privacy screen when grown in the ground, even in USDA Zone 5. The first picture is a large grove of P. bissetii growing at the USDA research station in Georgia.

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Plant Name

#1

1 to 3 ft

#2

2 to 4 ft

#5

4 to 7 ft

#10

7 to 12 ft

#15

12 to 15 ft

#20

15 to 18 ft

#25

18 to 25 ft

#45

up to 35 ft
Mature Height Max / Avg. (ft.) in Zone 8
Running
or Clumping
USDA
Hardiness
Zone Range
Light Tolerance
Range (1-5)
*Depends on climate*
Phyllostachys bissetii
$35
$50
$105
$160
$200
$270
$300
$500
35, 20-25
R
5-10
2-5