VERY RARE. This is a very sturdy, upright bamboo named for it’s strength and hardness. It is the shortest of the Phyllostachys bamboos, topping out at 20-25′. It is cold and frost tolerant to -5° F. New shoots have “banana” spotted cream colored sheaths which fall away as it matures to reveal a bright green cane. Due to it’s strength and durability, it is used in building, furniture, and crafts. Good quality, edible shoots. P. angusta was introduced into the United States in 1907 by Frank N. Meyer from Tangsi, Chekiang Province, China.