Cold Hardy Bamboo

Hardiness list


The following is a list of our most hardy bamboos.  For the most part these will have little to no damage from temperatures below zero.  Keep in mind that even though a bamboo is listed as “top” hardy to a certain temperature,  it may be “root” hardy another 10ºf  to 15ºf.  Mulching with 6″ of organic mater such as leaves, bark or compost will help to insulate roots of your bamboo. Cold, dry winds may affect a plant.  There may be top damage, or complete die back. But the plant may still return to normal  the next spring by re-growing from the root mass.   



  Types of bamboo that are hardy to  0ºf  to -20ºf

Name

Type

Min. Temp.

Fargesia murielae

Clumping

-20ºf

Fargesia nitida

Clumping

-20ºf

Fargesia rufa

Clumping

-15ºf

Phyllostachys nuda 

Running

-10ºf

Phyllostachys bissetti

Running

-10ºf

Phyllostachys aureosulcata   

Running

-10ºf

Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Alata' 

Running

-10ºf

Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Harbin'

Running

-10ºf

Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Harbin Inversa'

Running

-10ºf

Phyllostachys aureosulcata Lama Temple'

Running

-10ºf

Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Spectabilis'

Running

-10ºf

Phyllostachys atrovaginata 

Running

-10ºf

Phyllostachys decora

Running

-10ºf

Fargesia dracocephala   

Clumping

-10ºf

Fargesia denudata   

Clumping

-10ºf

Name

Type

Min. Temp.

Arundinaria gigantea

Running                   

 -5ºf          

Fargesia scabrida

Clumping

-5ºf

Indocalamus tesselatus

Running

-5ºf

Phyllostachys dulcis

Running

-5ºf

Phyllostachys rubromarginata

Running

-5ºf

 Phyllostachys vivax

Running

-5ºf

 Phyllostachys vivax 'Aureocaulis'

Running

-5ºf

Phyllostachys vivax 'Huangwenzhu'

Running

-5ºf

Phyllostachys vivax 'Huangwenzhu Inversa'

Running

-5ºf

Pleioblastus distichus

Running

-5ºf

Semiarundinaria fastuosa

Running

-5ºf

Semiarundinaria fastuosa 'Virides'

Running

-5ºf

Yushania brevipaniculata

Clumping

-5ºf

Bashania fargesia

Running

0ºf

Fargesia robusta

Clumping

0ºf

Fargesia robusta 'Wolong'

Clumping

0ºf

Hibanobambusa tranquillans 'Shiroshima'

Running

0ºf

Phyllostachys aurea 'Golden Bamboo'

Running

0ºf

Phyllostachys aurea 'Holochrysa'

Running

0ºf

Phyllostachys aurea 'Koi'

Running

0ºf

Phyllostachys bambusoides 'Castillon'

Running

0ºf

Phyllostachys bambusoides 'Madake'

Running

0ºf

Phyllostachys edulis 'Moso'

Running

0ºf

Phyllostachys heteroclada

Running

0ºf

Phyllostachys humilis

Running

0ºf

Phyllostachys kwangsiensis

Running

0ºf

Phyllostachys nigra

Running

0ºf

Phyllostachys nigra 'Boryana'

Running

0ºf

Phyllostachys nigra 'Hale'

Running

0ºf

Phyllostachys nigra 'Henonis'

Running

0ºf

Phyllostachys nigra 'Megurochiku'

Running

0ºf

Pleioblastus simonii

Running

0ºf

Pleioblastus simonii 'Variegatus'

Running

0ºf

Pleioblastus viridistriatus

Running

0ºf

Pseudosas japonica

Running

0ºf

Sasa veitchii

Running

0ºf