Giant timber bamboo

Phyllostachys bambusoides | Also known as: madake, Japanese timber bamboo | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Being both an adaptable plant and a common choice for furniture construction, giant timber bamboo can always be used for beds.

Want to make a big statement with your garden design? Giant timber bamboo or Phyllostachys bambusoides is a sure means of doing so. This bamboo is very strong, a characteristic that makes it a common choice of bamboo for activities such as furniture construction. However, the practical benefits of giant timber bamboo can be extended into the garden as well, as this bamboo serves as an excellent hedging or screening plant. The slender and upright stems available in shades of green and yellow also make this bamboo a graceful ornamental addition to borders and beds. Ideally planted in moist, loamy soil in direct sunlight or partial shade, this bamboo lends an air of exotic elegance and sleek height to your garden design.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 3 - 8
Spread [m]
  • 0
Dominant flower colour
  • Inconspicuous or absent
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • division
Growth habit
  • Arching
  • Clump-forming
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z7-10
Heat zone
  • H10-7
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -18 - 4
Heat days
  • 60 - 180
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Grasses, ferns & bamboo
  • Bamboos
Grown for
  • Ornamental foliage and habit
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Show-offs
  • Bonsai
  • Neighbour repellant
  • For every season
Garden type
  • Woodland
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Specimen
  • Architectural
  • Hedges and screens
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years
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