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Cold-Hardy Bamboo

This is our selection of bamboo that can withstand negative temperatures. These are great for places farther north where winter winds and storms can drop temperatures well below freezing and kill off many other plants.

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Name: Indocalamus Tessellatus
Height: 7 ft / 2.1 m
Min. Temp: -5˚F / -21˚C
This is a small bamboo with a maximum diameter of 3/8". This variety likes full shade and would be great for small yards. It has large leaves that can reach 2 feet long and 4 inches wide.
Name: Phyllostachys Atrovaginata  Incense
Height: 30ft / 9.1 m
Min. Temp: -15˚F / -26˚C
This variety is also known as incense bamboo since the surface of the culms when rubbed produces a scent similar to sandalwood. This is also a hardy plant that can survive negative temperatures. It typically grows to 3" in diameter. It is a favorite of landscapers and the sprouts are very good to eat with no bitterness even when raw. This bamboo is a great choice for wet areas and for erosion control, however, never plant bamboo in areas where standing water frequently occurs.
Name: Phyllostachys Aureosulcata  Yellow Groove
Height: 45 ft / 13.7 m
Min. Temp: -15˚F / -26˚C
This bamboo is commonly known as yellow groove bamboo due to its yellow stripe on green canes. It can reach a diameter of 2.25" and is very cold hardy. This bamboo is very popular in the US and in China. The mid season shoots are excellent to eat with no bitterness when raw. It is a fast grower and spreads rapidly in warmer climates. Make sure to choose a full sun planting site away from any overhead obstructions such as power lines.
Name: Phyllostachys Aureosulcata Alata
Height: 45 ft / 13.7 m
Min. Temp: -15˚F / -26˚C
This is the green version of yellow groove bamboo and is very similar. It can reach a diameter of 2.25". It is very cold hardy and also popular in the US and China. The shoots are great to eat raw or cooked with no bitterness. Choose a full sun site to plant this bamboo.
Name: Phyllostachys Aureosulcata f. Aureocaulis
Height: 34 ft / 10.4 m
Min. Temp: -15˚F / -26˚C
This is a yellow culm bamboo that may have some green striping on the lower nodes. It is an attractive addition that will add uniqueness and color to your collection. It's maximum diameter is 1.25". This rare bamboo is very cold hardy and great for screening.
Name: Phyllostachys Aureosulcata f. Spectabilis  Spectabilis
Height: 32 ft / 9.8 m
Min. Temp: -15˚F / -26˚C
The common name for this bamboo is Spectabilis. This is a medium sized bamboo growing to a diameter of 1.75". It is a very hardy bamboo, able to withstand negative temperatures and is great for screening. This bamboo is a very attractive yellow with green striping. This is a wonderful addition to anyone's landscape. A must have!
Name: Phyllostachys Bissetti
Height: 40 ft / 12.2 m
Min. Temp: -15˚F / -26˚C
This is a fast grower and can establish a grove quickly. It is an excellent choice for a hedge or screen. It can grow up to 2" in diameter and is cold hardy. This plant likes full sun and the early season shoots can be harvested.
Name: Phyllostachys Decora  Beautiful Bamboo
Height: 30ft / 9.1 m
Min. Temp: -11˚F / -23.9˚C
This is a medium sized bamboo that is quite hardy. It can grow up to 2" in diameter. This variety shoots in mid-season and is more tolerant to high PH, sandy soils, and drought/temperature extremes. This is an aggressive running bamboo so it will establish a beautiful grove quickly. It is great as a screening bamboo.
Name: Phyllostachys Heteroclada  Water Bamboo
Height: 33 ft / 10 m
Min. Temp: -5˚F / -21˚C
This is a medium sized plant growing to about 1.5" in diameter in a full sun location. This bamboo can be planted in short term flood plains (not swampy areas) that would otherwise drown most plants. It is also a great bamboo for erosion control. It is a hardy bamboo that is great for screening.
Name: Phyllostachys Heteroclada f. Solida  Solidstem
Height: 18 ft / 5.5 m
Min. Temp: -11˚F / -23.9˚C
The bamboo gets its nickname from the fact that it's lower half of the culm is solid and not hollow like most bamboo. The maximum diameter is about 3/4" and likes full sun.
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