- Botanical Name:Phyllostachys bissetii
- Height:18 – 30 feet (colder regions will only reach approximately 18 feet. Canes can be up to 2 inches in diameter.
- Spacing:4 – 6 feet.
- Depth:Plant at the same depth as in the pot. Where marginally hardy, plant in an area protected from Winter winds.
- Spread:May become invasive.
- Light Required:Full Sun, Partial Shade
- Form:Evergreen perennial.
- Soil Requirements:Fertile, humus rich, well-drained soil.
- Growth Rate:Moderate to fast
- Pruning:Remove culms (stalks) to control growth into unwanted areas.
- Foliage:Narrowly lance-shaped leaves on sturdy hollow culms (stems), dark green in color approx. 1″ in diameter.
- Comments:Named after David Bissett, Superintendent of USDA Plant Introductions Station, Savannah Georgia, 1924-1957.
This attractive bamboo has dark emerald canes that hold their color even in the harshest winters. The dense, dark green foliage on erect 18-to 30-ft. stems makes it an excellent choice for privacy hedges. Grows well in full sun to partial shade, putting out new rusty-red-colored growth in the spring. Potted plants. Zones 5-9.