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Phyllostachys edulis (Moso Bamboo)

Moso Bamboo, Tortoise-Shell Bamboo, Edible Bamboo, Phyllostachys pubescens, Running Bamboo


Noted for its incredible beauty and elegance, Phyllostachys edulis (Moso Bamboo) is a remarkable evergreen bamboo with huge, upright, very thick, gray-green canes surmounted by plumes of small, pale green leaves. Deep green at first, the culms, up to 8 in. wide (20 cm), mature to yellow-green, then almost orange-green. They are covered with a very fine, velvety hair. Quite small when compared to the stature of this bamboo, the elegant, paper-thin leaves are short and narrow, up to 3 in. (9 cm), pale green on their upper surface and matte green beneath. Vigorous, this bamboo can grow over 3 ft. (90 cm) in one day. It runs freely in warm conditions, but remains almost static in cool temperate climates. In China and Japan, Moso Bamboo is cultivated extensively for the production of paper pulp and edible shoots. This is the world's largest hardy bamboo. Best for large landscapes or gardens. Hardiness: 14 to -4ºF (-10 to -20ºC).

  • Grows up to 25-60 ft. tall (7-18 m) and 10-25 ft. wide (3-8 m). Moso bamboo can spread aggressively to the point of being somewhat invasive.
  • A full sun or partial shade lover, it is best grown in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soils.
  • Susceptible to rust and stem smut. Keep an eye out for snugs and snails.
  • 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 Caucasus, China, eastern Asia

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 10
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 25' – 60' (7.5m – 18m)
Spread 10' – 25' (3m – 7.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Evergreen

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 10
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 25' – 60' (7.5m – 18m)
Spread 10' – 25' (3m – 7.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Evergreen

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