• Overview
    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
  • 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:
    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 & 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.