Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Best with regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Fast-growing runner 15 to 25 ft. tall.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Deer Resistant
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Does not flower
Landscape Uses:
Landscape Uses
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 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:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Best with regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
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.