Cold Hardy Bamboo

Our most Cold Hardy bamboo

Use this guide if you experience winter low temps of 5º F or less

The following are bamboo that should have little or no damage when exposed to the listed temperatures for a short period of time. Winds or prolonged cold spells can cause more significant damage to culms and foliage. The root mass often will survive colder temperatures, even if the culms die back to the ground, sending up healthy new shoots the following spring. Many groundcover bamboos, although leaf hardy to near 0° F, are root hardy well below 0° F. For the most detailed, up to date hardiness maps (and to find your zone by zip code), visit

Hardy Down to
USDA Zone 6

Plant Name

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Minimum Temp. °F
Running or Clumping
Fargesia demissa 'Gerry'
-10°F (possibly -15°F)
Phyllostachys atrovaginata
-10° F (Listed by American Bamboo Society at -15° F)
Phyllostachys parvifolia
possibly -5° to -15° F
Sasa hayatae
-10° F
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