Phyllostachys bissetii

2 litre pot £24.99
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Buy Phyllostachys bissetii bamboo: Dark green canes with pinky-purple stripes when young

Bamboos never look their best in winter because the cold, drying winds will often scorch their leaves. In late spring however, new canes will appear bearing a fresh batch of lush foliage.

  • 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: In smaller gardens surround the roots with a non-perishable barrier that restricts the plant's spread. If potted up, it is important that this plant is watered regularly.

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I bought this attractive bamboo for screening and as an architectural plant. It has grown fairly quickly, and I've had to transplant it twice, as it outgrew the containers. I now have it in a long trough. It's been hardy so far through the current winter season.

Fairweather gardener



Nice Healthy Plant


Fast delivery---Arrived well packaged---Healthy looking plant---looking forward to colour of stems---will buy again from Crocus


Newmarket Suffolk


Not like the image


I love bamboo and have many varieties so this looked ideal for an additional specimen. It arrived very well packaged (if anything too much plastic wrapping) and protected but it was smaller than expected and looks very 'ordinary',. Not as anticipated but only time will tell the tale and hopefully it will mature into the image we see on here.

Potty Pam


Phyllostachys bissetii

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Hi, I am planning to plant some of these to create a screen in a raised bed made of sleepers between us and the neighbours. The bed is 2.6m long x 1m wide x 75cm high. I was wondering if these will be ok in such an environment if I feed and water them properly and how many plants I'd need? Would 4 or 5 be sensible? Thanks very much


Hello there This bamboo should be fine as long as they are kept well watered and fed as they are thirsty hungry plants. This is a fast growing bamboo which can grow to 5m x 3m wide but I would say 4 to 5 would be fine. Hope this helps.

Hi there, I m thinking to plant bamboo to screen my garden, it's a very narrow garden. If I need to cover 12 meter long, how many should I go for? Is 30cm depth boarder space enough for the bamboo? That's about the max space I can leave for the bamboo alongside the wall. Please advise, thank you.


Hello there Unfortunately 30cm is too narrow for this bamboo. Phyllostachys bissetii is a wonderful plant but it is vigorous, with a dense, spreading habit and thick canes. Sorry to disappoint you.

Hi, I have a wall about 2 metres high. I'd like to plant bamboo along it to create a screen up to about 2.5m (possibly higher) to keep out prying neighbours. I would like it to form this screen ASAP. Preferably I'd only like the base of the hedge to come off the wall by about 18 inches to 2 feet. The hedge is to go on the north face of the wall and I'm about a mile from the sea. It gets fairly good sun. What bamboo would you recommend? Should I get clumping or spreading? How long will it take to achieve a screen of this height and if it gets too high can the tops be pruned? Many thanks


Hello, I would definitely opt for a clump-forming bamboo rather than a spreading on, but even these will form a clump at least 1.5m in diameter over time. Therefor, if you want to stop it coming into the garden, then you will need to use a root barrier - please click on the following link to go straight to it. Keeping in mind all your requirements, I would recommend Fargesia robusta rufa - again just click on the link to go to it. The one we sell comes in a 5lt pot and will be around 80-100cm tall. It is a relatively fast grower, but as the growth rate of every plant is largely determined by external factors such as the available water, light and nutrients, it is difficult to be too specific.


Hello I wonder whether you can help? We are thinking about planting a bamboo to screen off a dip in our garden wall to make our garden more private and to make it more wind-sheltered too. The dip is around 2 meters. How many bamboo plants do I need to buy to create a screen that will cover the dip? Thanks very much

garden pixie

Hello, Even though these plants have an eventual spread of around 3m, to create a nice dense screen, I would recommend planting them at 50cm intervals.


I have created a long bed across my garden which starts off in the sun but ends up under deciduous trees which are to the south east side. In the bed I planted the results of a packet of Miscanthus seeds (various varieties came up) but the last quarter or so (towards the trees) just haven't grown like the others. Would this bamboo be a substitute - I wondered if the conditions would limit their height somewhat but not stop them growing altogether? If not can you suggest something else that would continue the theme of the grasses (which are about 1.5 - 2 metres in height) but cope with partial to full shade and dryer conditions? Thanks.


Hello, Dry shade is very tricky as the trees will betaking up all the water and nutrients from the soil. bamboos like relaible moisture, so they would not be suitable, but there is one grass, Luzula nivea, that should be OK, provided it is kept well watered. Please click on the following link to go straight to it.


Can I grow a Bamboo in a pot? Dear Sir Please can you tell me if I can grow a bamboo in a 2ft deep window type box for a patio? Thanks Roger

roger pannell

Hello Roger, As long as you make sure you keep it really well fed and watered, it should be fine as long as it is nice and wide. After a couple of years though it will need to be planted in the ground - as will most things that grow to a good size. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

Crocus Helpdesk

Can I plant my Bamboo in the ground in a pot with drainage holes? I have a couple of largish bamboos that I wish to plant in a pot in the ground. However, the plastic pots have drainage holes in the bottom. I know that bamboo can become extremely invasive (which is why I wish to plant them in pots). Will the roots go through the holes in the bottom? Or should I use pots without drainage holes? If so, will the bamboo survive with no drainage? Or is there a special type of pot for this purpose? Many thanks. Anne

Anne Lear

Hello again Anne, The Phyllostachys nigra is classified as non-invasive (or clump-forming), but even so it has an eventual spread of 3m. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Can certain types of bamboo be non-invasive? I have, apparently, a black bamboo. Many thanks Anne

Anne Lear

Hello Anne, The bamboos will not survive without drainage holes in the bottom of the pots, so this is essential. Sadly though even a tough plastic will deteriorate over time and may crack and split, so they will certainly help, but in the very long term the plants may break out. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

Anne Lear

Hedging and Osmanthus plants Dear Crocus, I am looking for two Osmanthus burkwoodii plants but notice on your website that you only offer them for sale in 2 litre size. Do you have any larger Osmanthus burkwoodii plants? I am also looking for suggestions on which plants would make a good hedge. I am looking for something hardy, able to stand the frost, evergreen, not poisonous to horses and if possible, not just green possibly red / purple or variegated, any thoughts? Also, as these plants are grown in Surrey, will they be suitable to grow in the Scottish Borders? Many thanks, Jane

Janey Mitch

Hello Jane, I'm afraid we have all the plants we sell displayed on our website so we do not sell larger sizes of the Osmanthus. As for the hedging, if you click on the link below it will take you to our full range of hedging plants. Unfortunately we do not have anything that meets all your criteria, but if you click on the smaller images it will give you a lot more information on hardiness levels (fully hardy means they can cope with the weather in Scotland) as well as leaf colour etc. Unfortunately though I do not have a list of plants which are not poisonous to horses, but your local vet may be able to help you with this. Best regards, Helen Plant Doctor

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Bamboo planting and controlling Hi I recently purchased six of these bamboo plants and am not sure how to plant them. Do they need to be in individual containers to avoid spreading? And how big should the containers be? I don't want to restrict the growth too much as I'm aiming for a screening effect in a corner of the garden at the back of a border, where a bit of spreading would be ok. Also might I be able to prune the spreading manually as the shoots appear? When it is suggested that the plants should be controlled with a 'non-perishable' barrier - what is that? Many thanks

harriet st johnston

Hello, If you go for one of the spreading rather than clump-forming bamboos then you will either need to get a really a big plastic pot (at least a 50 litre pot) or a plastic dustbin with drainage holes in the bottom and sink this into the ground. Alternatively you need to create a barrier that won't break down like a thick wall of concrete and sink this at least 3' into the ground around the area you want them to spread. Unfortunately we don't sell either of these items, however they should be relatively easy to find. You can cut off the emerging stems that are growing in the wrong area, but this will not prevent the roots spreading and therefore the shoots will come up in a wider radius each year. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

harriet st johnston

Bamboo for screening but how do I restrict it..... Hi I would like to create a bamboo screen along a fence roughly 25feet in length. I would like to use bamboos and have them blend into each other and be reasonably thick. Will I need a plastic barrier to reduce the spread or can this be maintained by removing any shoots that appear? Roughly how far will I need to space the plants? Do bamboo roots cause damage to house footings? Thank you Matt

Matt Oliver

Hello again Matt, We do have the eventual height and spread of all the plants on our site - these details can be found to the right of the pictures after you have clicked through to the individual plant cards. Phyllostachys aureosulcata f. spectabilis 3m tall x 6m wide Phyllostachys nigra 5m tall x 3m wide. As for the barrier, ideally it will need to be around 1m deep and really solid. Best regards, Helen Plant Doctor

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Thanks Helen What is the spread of Phyllostachys aureosulcata f. spectabilis and Phyllostachys nigra? Does a barrier have to go below the roots or just either side? Matt

Crocus Helpdesk

Hello Matt, Some bamboos can cause damage to the footings, but it really depends on how vigorous the plant is and how secure the footings are. The most compact (in spread) bamboo we sell is Fargesia murieliae, which has an eventual spread of 1.5m - just click on the following link to take you straight to it. It will take time to grow to this, but if you want to restrict it, then you do need to make sure the roots can't spread and that will mean putting in some form of barrier. As for spacing, most people will plant these at 50cm intervals if you are trying to create a nice, dense screen. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

Matt Oliver

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