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Bamboos Sorted By Cold Hardiness



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NameHtCulmTempNotes
MaxMaxMin
Pleioblastus distichus 'Mini' 20.2-5dwarf fernleaf bamboo: very small leaves, good ground cover
Pleioblastus distichus 'Okinozasa' 20.2-5leaves a bit larger than those of P. distichus 'Mini', good ground cover
Sasaella species #1 20.2-10good low ground cover
Pleioblastus argenteostriatus 30.30leaves striped with white, good ground cover
Pleioblastus viridistriatus 30.20dwarf greenstripe bamboo: soft green leaves with striking gold variegation
Pleioblastus variegatus (P. fortunei) 40.2-2dwarf whitestripe bamboo: leaves dark green with showy white variegation
Indocalamus longiauritus 50.3-5large leaves to 10" long
Sasa veitchii 50.3-2grown especially for the conspicuous tan leaf margins which develop in winter
Arundinaria gigantea tecta 60.5-10switchcane bamboo: small form of only U.S. native bamboo
Pleioblastus chino vaginatus variegatus 60.5-7strongly upright growth, dark green leaves with very fine, white stripes
Pleioblastus kongosanensis aureostriatus 60.40dark green leaves with occasional golden stripes
Sasa oshidensis 60.3-4large leaves
Sasa tsuboiana 60.3-5adaptable, in shade makes ground cover about 2' tall, develops ornamental tan leaf margins in winter
Sasaella masamuneana albostriata 60.3-3dark green leaves with attractive cream variegation
Indocalamus tessellatus 70.5-5striking species with huge leaves to 5" wide and 26" long
Pleioblastus humilis 70.3-4has remained low in our plantings, good ground cover
Sasa palmata 70.5-4very large, bold, handsome, pleated leaves to 4" wide x 14" long, striking tropical effect
Sasa senanensis 70.5-7large leaves, culms curved at the base like palm tree trunks
Shibataea kumasaca 70.3-5very distinctive looking bamboo with short, broad leaves
Indocalamus latifolius 'Solidus' (I. sp. 'Solidus') 80.4-5large leaves to 10" long
Pleioblastus shibuyanus 'Tsuboi' 90.3-5dark green leaves with showy white variegation, has held at about 3' tall
Fargesia rufa (F. dracocephala 'Rufa') 100.5-6clumping species, very vigorous
Pleioblastus chino murakamiansis 100.80kinkazan: leaves with showy white variegation
Sasa kurilensis 100.80large leaves to 2" wide x 10" long
Fargesia nitida 120.5-20fountain bamboo: clumping species, exceptionally cold hardy
Fargesia nitida 'De Belder' 120.5-20fountain bamboo: clumping species, exceptionally cold hardy
Fargesia nitida 'Jiuzhaigou' 120.5-20fountain bamboo: clumping species, exceptionally cold hardy
Phyllostachys nigra 'Muchisasa' 121.0-7shortest Phyllostachys selection we offer
Pleioblastus gramineus 120.55distinctive long, slender, grass-like leaves
Fargesia nitida 'Adams #102' 150.5-20umbrella bamboo: clumping species, exceptionally cold hardy
Fargesia nitida 'Adams #105' 150.5-20umbrella bamboo: clumping species, exceptionally cold hardy
Fargesia nitida 'Mary' 150.5-20umbrella bamboo: clumping species, exceptionally cold hardy
Fargesia dracocephala (F. apicirubens) 160.8-4dragon's head bamboo: clumping species, good heat tolerance
Fargesia robusta 161.0-1clumping species, good heat tolerance
Hibanobambusa tranquillans 'Shiroshima' 161.30showy variegated leaves, dark green with cream striping
Fargesia nitida 'McClure' 180.5-20fountain bamboo: clumping species, exceptionally cold hardy
Phyllostachys bissetii (dwarf form) 181.0-12dwarf David Bisset bamboo: good species for screening
Pseudosasa japonica 180.80arrow bamboo: one of the best container bamboos
Pseudosasa japonica tsutsumiana 180.80green onion bamboo: prized in Japan as an ornamental; one of the best container bamboos
Arundinaria gigantea 201.0-15canebrake bamboo: large form of only U.S. native bamboo
Phyllostachys nigra 'Hale' 201.5-2Hale' black bamboo: very strong wood, edible shoots, striking ornamental
Pleioblastus simonii 'Variegatus' 201.50slender leaves with white variegation, strong wood, edible shoots
Phyllostachys angusta 221.3-9stone bamboo: very hard, strong wood, excellent edible shoots
Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr' 251.518sub-tropical, culms with attractive striping and coloration, one of the best container species
Phyllostachys stimulosa 251.5-10vigorous, good winter hardiness
Semiarundinaria okuboi 251.50distinctive twist of the leaves makes this species easy to recognize
Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Aureocaulis' 261.5-10golden yellowgroove bamboo: golden yellow culms, good edible shoots
Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Spectabilis' 261.5-10greengroove bamboo: striking yellow culms with green groove, good shoots
Phyllostachys arcana 271.3-7edible shoots
Phyllostachys aurea albovariegata 271.80fishpole or golden bamboo: hard, strong, straight culms, good edible shoots
Phyllostachys aurea flavescens inversa 271.80fishpole or golden bamboo: hard, strong, straight culms, good edible shoots
Phyllostachys species from Missouri 282.0-10unidentified species from Liberty, MO, good winter hardiness
Phyllostachys decora (P. mannii 'Decora') 302.5-10beautiful bamboo: good quality wood, very good edible shoots, tolerant of drought and heat
Phyllostachys nigra 302.00black bamboo: striking ornamental, very strong wood, edible shoots
Semiarundinaria fastuosa viridis 301.5-5stately, upright, relatively slow spreader, edible shoots
Phyllostachys flexuosa 312.8-3excellent edible shoots
Phyllostachys meyeri 332.00Meyer bamboo: very high quality wood, excellent edible shoots
Phyllostachys nidularia 'Smoothsheath' 331.5-14good quality wood, excellent edible shoots, very cold hardy and useful
Phyllostachys 'Straightstem' (P. heteroclada) 331.5-3water bamboo: very upright growth with strong, straight culms
Phyllostachys nuda 341.8-8excellent edible shoots, nice ornamental
Phyllostachys bambusoides 'Castillon Inversa' 352.05green culms with yellow groove, edible shoots
Phyllostachys congesta (P. atrovaginata) 352.8-6incense bamboo: strongly upright canes, excellent edible shoots
Phyllostachys viridiglaucescens 352.00excellent quality wood and shoots
Phyllostachys bissetii 402.0-10David Bisset bamboo: good quality wood, good edible shoots, good shade tolerance, versatile
Phyllostachys dulcis 402.80sweetshoot bamboo: excellent edible shoots
Phyllostachys aureosulcata 452.2-10yellowgroove bamboo: ornamental, good edible shoots, popular
Phyllostachys nigra 'Bory' 503.0-2snakeskin bamboo: very strong wood, edible shoots
Phyllostachys makinoi 603.0-4Makino bamboo: high quality wood, edible shoots
Phyllostachys rubromarginata 603.0-8large, productive, fast growing, good quality wood and very good edible shoots
Phyllostachys nigra 'Henon' 654.5-2large timber species, very strong wood, edible shoots
Phyllostachys vivax 705.0-3vivier's bamboo: giant species, excellent edible shoots
Phyllostachys bambusoides 726.05Japanese timber bamboo: giant timber species, high quality wood, edible shoots
Phyllostachys heterocycla pubescens 757.00Chinese timber bamboo or moso: giant timber species, high quality wood, edible shoots, productive