Also known as “Giant Grey” or “Gray Timber”. An olive-green relative of Black Bamboo which can grow 65’ tall and 5” in diameter in the climate of origin. Outstandingly beautiful foliage and craftsman quality wood. Very upright, strong culms are olive green at first, turning slightly dusty grey with maturity. Hardy to –5 degrees. Has noteworthy drought resistance and grows well under a wide range of conditions.
- Origin: China (introduced to Japan and India long ago)
- Minimum Temperature: -5 F.
- Size in climate of origin: 65’ tall, 5” diam
- Sun/Shade: Full-day of sun down to a half-day of morning sun (3-5)
- Recommended Uses: Tall screen, grove, specimen. Beautiful, useful wood.
- Shooting Season: Spring
- Ideal growing conditions: Lots of direct sun, plenty of water and humidity, good drainage, colder winters
- Acceptable growing conditions: Can reach 20’ tall in shade, though slowly. Drought resistant.
- Recommended polyethylene plastic root barrier in average soils: 30” x 40 mil
- Size Locally in open ground: 30 – 40’ tall, 2” in diam
Size locally in contained spaces: In a 24” wide space with a long length, may reach 20’ in height.