The largest growing species of the genus and considered by many to be the most beautiful, Moso is the most cultivated bamboo in China and Japan. The tops arch gracefully with masses of small leaves, reaching up to 80′ tall with culms 7″ in diameter in the climate of origin. It produces especially tasty shoots in tropical environments and is used throughout Asia for construction. Moso is difficult to establish and requires lots of water, acidity, tropical humidity and heat to reach its full potential. It remains much shorter in less ideal circumstances (including California). Not for desert environments. Small plants should be partially shaded. Hardy to 0 degrees.
- Origin: China
- Minimum Temperature: 0 F.
- Size in climate of origin: 80’ tall, 6.0” diameter
- Sun/Shade: Full-day of sun down to a half-day of morning sun (3-5)
- Recommended Uses: Very tall screen or grove, excellent wood for construction, flooring, plywood, large edible shoots.
- Shooting Season: Spring
- Recent Synonyms: Phyllostachys edulis
- Ideal growing conditions: Lots of direct sun, tropical heat and humidity, plenty of water, good drainage. Southeastern states are ideal.
- Acceptable growing conditions: Not happy in more arid climates. Will grow in California, but only about half its normal height and with some difficulty to keep healthy.
- Special Care: Small plants should be partially shaded.
- Recommended polyethylene plastic root barrier in average soils: 36” x 60 mil
- Size Locally in open ground: 25-40’ tall, 3.0” diameter