Phyllostachys edulis 'Moso'
The Phyllostachys edulis, or ‘Moso Bamboo’ is the largest bamboo that we can grow here in North America. It does very well in southern climates and can reach 75’, or taller, under ideal growing conditions. In cooler summer areas such as the Pacific North West it will mature more slowly and to shorter heights, perhaps to 40’-50’ tall. The common name ‘Moso’ comes from its Chinese name, ‘Mao Zhu’, which means hairy bamboo. The young culms (canes) and leaves are fuzzy, like a peach. The ‘Moso’ can grow in any average, well drained moist soil. New plantings can grow slowly at first. Its shoots are edible and its large culms are used wood products such as flooring.
Common name:’Moso’, tortoise-shell bamboo, mao zhu
Synonyms: Phyllostachys heterocycla 'Pubescens'
Height x Diameter: Ht. 75’x7”
Minimum temperature: Hardy to 0 °F.
USDA zone 7-11.
Light: Full sun to part shade.
Uses: Grove, hedge, screen.
Distribution: China, Japan, India.
The last photo is an example of a #1, (1 gallon) Phyllostachys edulis 'Moso'. however, it is not the exact plant that you will receive. It is approximately 1-2 years old, 1'-2' tall, with 1-3 culms (canes).
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