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Giant Timber Bamboo

Bambusa oldhamii

The largest species of bamboo, making it one of the best for large, dense screens. Densely foliaged, strongly upright clumps having thick stems reaching 4 in. in diameter. Well-behaved, clumping habit is non-invasive. Evergreen.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Keep soil moist, but not soggy.


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Botanical Pronunciationbam-BOO-sa old-HAM-ee-eye
Average Size at MaturityFast growing; forms large clumps 25 to 45 ft. tall.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Design IdeasThe large, dense habit of this Bamboo requires careful placement in the garden and will not be suitable for small, urban spaces. It will however make a bold statement as a backdrop to a large Asian garden or wooded lot. In the landscape it can be used as a clump of vertical poles for a columnar element or planted in mass for a fast growing barrier, screen or privacy hedge between properties. The clumping, non-invasive habit of Giant Timber Bamboo make it an easy, low maintenance choice for homeowners.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Tropical
Growth RateFast
Landscape UsePrivacy Screen, Windbreak
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureFast Growing
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsKeep soil moist, but not soggy.

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-11

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