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Dendrocalamus giganteus (Giant Bamboo)

Giant Bamboo, Kyo-Chikue, Giant Timber Bamboo, Dragon Bamboo, Bambusa gigantea, Sinocalamus giganteus, Clumping Bamboo


The tallest bamboo in the world, Dendrocalamus giganteus (Giant Bamboo) is an impressive evergreen bamboo with huge, upright, incredibly thick, dull green to dark blue-green canes. The culms are extremely robust and thick walled, reaching nearly one foot in diameter (30 cm). They are covered with a white waxy crust when young. A fast grower, the new shoots can grow up to 12 in. per day (30 cm). Giant Bamboo flowers approximately once every 40 years. Easy to grow, this clump-forming bamboo makes a gorgeous architectural specimen of breathtaking stature. It is also excellent for construction, furniture, food and crafts. It can be grown successfully in lowlands on rich loam or alluvial soils, where humidity is high. Hardy to 25ºF (-4ºC).

  • Grows up to 80-100 ft. tall (24-30 m) and 40-50 ft. wide (12-15 m).
  • A full sun or partial shade lover, it is best grown in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soils.
  • Remove weak, dead, damaged or spindly stems in spring and thin to show off stems to best effect. Cut out any flowering shoots promptly to discourage more from forming.
  • Propagate by seed or division.
  • Native to Burma, Bhutan, China, Thailand

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Plant Type Bamboos
Plant Family Bamboos
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 80' – 100' (24m – 30m)
Spread 40' – 50' (12m – 15m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Plant Type Bamboos
Plant Family Bamboos
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 80' – 100' (24m – 30m)
Spread 40' – 50' (12m – 15m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen

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