Phyllostachys bissetii

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  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast growing
  • Leaves: mid-green
  • Canes: dark green, sometimes stained with purple
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Vigorous and hardy, this decorative bamboo is one of the first to produce new canes each year. These canes appear in late spring or early summer and have a mainly upright habit, but do arch slightly. Their colour is green, but will sometimes have a purple flush, but over a period of several years, will fade to a yellow-green. They have a glossy finish and are clothed in rich green leaves, which cope well with adverse weather conditions. Initially forming really dense clumps, this bamboo is ideal for screening, but will spread with age.

  • Garden care: Plant in a large container or surround the roots with a non-perishable barrier that restricts the plant's spread.

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  • Q:

    Hi there
    Can you prune this bamboo back to maintain a certain height and it still look nice?
    Also, can it stay in a trough pot 100x40x40?
    Thanks
    Asked on 7/3/2014 by London from London

    1 answer

    • Plant Doctor

      A:

      Hello,

      This plant has an eventual spread of around 3m, so it can be kept in a pot for a few years, but ultimately it will be much happier in the ground. As for keeping it cut back, you can do this, provided it is not cut back too hard, but do keep in mind that growing it in a pot will naturally keep it more compact anyway.

      Answered on 7/4/2014 by helen from crocus
  • Q:

    Phyllostachys sp
    do the roots need to be physucally restricted to prevent it being invasive
    Asked on 6/8/2014 by salt from Sussex

    1 answer

    • Plant Doctor

      A:

      Hello,

      There are some spreading forms, which can grow to 10m across, and there are some clump-forming forms that only spread to 2m. If you are concerned, your best option is the check the eventual height and spread of each of them on our site.

      http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.phyllostachys/sort.0/

      Answered on 6/10/2014 by helen from crocus
  • Q:

    How many Phyllostachys bissetii
    bamboo plants do you need to screen a 5 meter wall? Many thanks
    Asked on 5/19/2014 by Faerynat from Cornwall

    1 answer

    • Plant Doctor

      A:

      Hello there
      This bamboo can eventually grow to 3m wide, but to create a dense screen I would plant them about 50cm apart.

      Answered on 5/20/2014 by Anonymous from crocus
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