• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Best with regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast-growing runner 15 to 25 ft. tall.
    Key Feature:
    Deer Resistant
    Blooms:
    Does not flower
    Landscape Uses:
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:fil-oh-STAY-kis a-ree-o-sul-KA-ta
    Plant type:Bamboo
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast-growing runner 15 to 25 ft. tall.
    Special features:Deer Resistant
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Does not flower
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Can become invasive, best contained with root barriers or in an unperforated pot with lip above soil level.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Best with regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This species is native to China and introduced sometime in the middle 19th century. It is valued as a more cold hardy alternative to P. aurea. It is hardy in Washington D.C., and stand well established at the Capitol Building, but it is no less invasive than its cousin. It and all its relatives are true grasses and therefore fall into the Graminaeae family with their smaller cousins. It is native to much of Asia and is a chief source of paper pulp and construction material, and the shoots as a food crop too. This genus was collected by the great plant hunter, Dr. Philipp von Siebold, 1791-1866, physician of the Dutch East India Company. He worked with Joseph Zuccarini, a botanical professor in Munich, to classify the genus of about 80 species.