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  • Phyllostachys nigra 'Othello'

    Phyllostachys nigra 'Othello'

    * Max Height 20'
    * Evergreen to -18C
    * USDA Zone 7, Root Hardy to Zone 6
    * Sun or Shade
    * Running Bamboo


    Phyllostachys nigra 'Othello' is an extremely rare form of black bamboo; it tends to grow in tightly packed clumps. Othello is smaller and turns black quicker than other solid black forms.  This is a new bamboo for us and has only recently become available. We estimate its maximum height to only be 15' on the West Coast.

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  • Phyllostachys nigra 'Punctata'

    Phyllostachys nigra 'Punctata'

    * Max Height 60' (West Coast Estimate 35' Feet)
    * Max Culm Dia 4"
    * Evergreen to -18C
    * USDA Zone 7, Root Hardy to Zone 6
    * Sun or Shade
    * Running Bamboo


    Phyllostachys nigra 'Punctata' is a large and fast growing form of black bamboo. Our cultivar came directly from China to Canada. Punctata's culms emerge green but eventually turn a shiny jet black after 12 to 18 months. This cultivar has proven to be the fastest and largest form of black that we grow.

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  • Phyllostachys nigra 'Shimadake'

    Phyllostachys nigra 'Shimadake'

    * Max Height 54' (West Coast Estimate 35' Feet)
    * Max Culm Dia 3.5"
    * Evergreen to -21C
    * USDA Zone 6, Root Hardy to Zone 5
    * Sun or Shade
    * Running Bamboo


    Phyllostachys nigra 'Shimadake' is similar to Phyllostachys nigra 'Henon' but develops brown vertical stripes along the culms after the first year.  It handled -28C windchills and was unscathed here at Bamboo World.  This is a new bamboo for us and has only recently become available.

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  • Phyllostachys nigra 'Tosaensis'

    Phyllostachys nigra 'Tosaensis'

    * Max Height 30' (West Coast Estimate 20' Feet)
    * Max Culm Dia 1.5"
    * Evergreen to -21C
    * USDA Zone 6, Root Hardy to Zone 5
    * Sun or Shade
    * Running Bamboo


    Phyllostachys nigra 'Tosaensis' is a very rare and new bamboo that resembles a miniature snake skin bamboo (Bory). It has excellent quality wood that once dried appears like snakeskin. We estimate that it will reach 20-25 feet here on the West Coast. This is a new bamboo for us and has only recently become available.

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  • Phyllostachys nuda

    Phyllostachys nuda

    * Max Height 34' (West Coast Estimate 25' Feet)
    * Max Culm Dia 1.75"
    * Evergreen to -26C
    * USDA Zone 5, Root Hardy to Zone 4
    * Sun or Shade
    * Running Bamboo


    Nuda is one of the most cold hardy bamboos known and is also one of its finest. It is a nice looking bamboo with a dark node and a bright ring of white powder below accentuating the dark green to almost black new canes; add very small, dark leaves and you have an elegant bamboo. The new shoots are fine for eating and very tasty. It makes a superb choice for harsh climates when a tropical looking screen or specimen is desired. This is one of the bamboos that we recommend to people wishing to experiment with bamboo in extreme environments.

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  • Phyllostachys rubromarginata

    Phyllostachys rubromarginata

    * Max Height 60' (West Coast Estimate 42' Feet)
    * Max Culm Dia 2.8"
    * Evergreen to -26C
    * USDA Zone 5, Root Hardy to Zone 4
    * Sun or Shade
    * Running Bamboo


    Phyllostachys rubromarginata is one of the best bamboo’s for wood quality and quantity. The culms are straight, long and with little taper. It has the longest internodes of any Phyllostachys and the nodes are not very pronounced which allows for easy splitting. In a test in Alabama of dozens of bamboo’s this one was judged most productive in wood production. Rubromarginata refers to inconspicuous red bristles. This vigorous Bamboo is noted for its resistance to wind which makes it a good bamboo for exposed sights.

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  • Phyllostachys viridis 'Robert Young'

    Phyllostachys viridis 'Robert Young'

    * Max Height 40' (West Coast Estimate 32' Feet)
    * Max Culm Dia 2.8"
    * Evergreen to -18C
    * USDA Zone 7, Root Hardy to Zone 6
    * Sun or Shade
    * Running Bamboo


    Robert Young has banana yellow culms with the occasional vertical green stripes of various widths between the internodes. This bamboo runs very little in cool summers but in hotter summer areas such as California the banana yellow color is replaced with bright orange and it spreads vigorously. Here at Bamboo World it is one of the last bamboos to shoot each season and acts almost like a giant clumper.

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  • Phyllostachys vivax

    Phyllostachys vivax

    * Max Height 70' (West Coast Estimate 50' Feet)
    * Max Culm Dia 5"
    * Evergreen to -21C
    * USDA Zone 6, Root Hardy to Zone 5
    * Sun or Shade
    * Running Bamboo


    The vivax varieties are giant hardy timber bamboos that reach spectacular size faster than any other bamboos here at Bamboo World. Phyllostachys vivax resembles the plain green culms of Phyllostachys bambusoides except that it has thinner culm walls and there is a white powdery band beneath each node. Vivax is a good choice for eating and has nice large edible shoots.

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  • Phyllostachys vivax 'Aureocaulis'

    Phyllostachys vivax 'Aureocaulis'

    * Max Height 70' (West Coast Estimate 50' Feet)
    * Max Culm Dia 5"
    * Evergreen to -21C
    * USDA Zone 6, Root Hardy to Zone 5
    * Sun or Shade
    * Running Bamboo


    The culms of Phyllostachys vivax 'Aureocaulis' are yellow with several green stripes of various widths running vertically along the canes. Like plain Vivax, this variety of giant hardy timber bamboo is the fastest to reach spectacular sized groves. This bamboo is known to revert to Vivax Huangwhenzhu and Vivax as one of ours has done, so it is possible to end up with three different cultivars from this one.  This is one of our favorite bamboos.

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  • Phyllostachys vivax 'Huangwhenzhu'

    Phyllostachys vivax 'Huangwhenzhu'

    * Max Height 70' (West Coast Estimate 50' Feet)
    * Max Culm Dia 5"
    * Evergreen to -21C
    * USDA Zone 6, Root Hardy to Zone 5
    * Sun or Shade
    * Running Bamboo


    This vivax cultivar has green culms with a wide, bright, orange yellow stripe and is extremely rare. Like plain Vivax, this variety of giant hardy timber bamboo is one of the most vigorous and fastest growing. It has excellent edible shoots and along with the other vivax cultivars is the fastest to reach timber size and spectacular groves. 

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  • Phyllostachys vivax 'Huangwhenzhu Inversa'

    Phyllostachys vivax 'Huangwhenzhu Inversa'

    * Max Height 70' (West Coast Estimate 50' Feet)
    * Max Culm Dia 5"
    * Evergreen to -21C
    * USDA Zone 6, Root Hardy to Zone 5
    * Sun or Shade
    * Running Bamboo


    Phyllostachys vivax 'Huangwhenzhu Inversa' is our newest form of Vivax and has yellow orange culms with a thick green stripe along the sulcis groove.  In some cases it also has green stripes of various widths runing vertically around the perimeter of the culm. The appearance of this plant is like that of a giant Phyllostachys bambusoides 'Castillon' but it grows much larger and faster.  Unlike Phyllostachys vivax 'Aureocaulis' the yellow culm has not reverted back to green or Phyllostachys vivax 'Huangwhenzhu' so far for us at Bamboo World. Like all Vivax cultivars this plant is the fastest to reach timber size and spectacular groves in our climate.

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  • Pleioblastus hindsii 'Yasui'

    Pleioblastus hindsii 'Yasui'

    * Max Height 18' (West Coast Estimate 15' Feet)
    * Max Culm Dia 1.5"
    * Evergreen to -21C
    * Sun or Shade
    * Running

    Pleiblastus hindsii 'Yasuii' makes an dense upright screen to 18'. It also has very tasty shoots.

    This bamboo plant is a great choice for areas prone to erosion, such on a hillside, or close to a river or lake. The deep rhizomes stitch the earth together below ground.

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