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Lubera stops plant deliveries to the UK
Due to Brexit, we are not able to deliver to the UK. We are working on a solution on how we can continue to bring a wide range of Lubera plants to the UK and directly to our customers' homes in the future. However, such a solution will not be available before 2022 or 2023.

Phyllostachys bamboo - with rhizomes

Phyllostachys bamboo from Lubera

Phyllostachys, a genus of bamboo, quickly forms fairy tale bamboo groves and windbreak hedges with stable stems...

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Pseudosasa japonica with a large, glossy leaves and light-coloured leaf sheaths

From £37.90 *

Gold Bamboo

Phyllostachys parvifolia with yellow/green to golden yellow canes.

£69.40 *

Golden Chinese Timber Bamboo 'Aureocaulis'

Phyllostachys vivax 'Aureocaulis' has different coloured stalks - green with yellow...

£69.40 *

No image available Incense Bamboo

Phyllostachys atrovaginata forms strong stalks that are almost black when they sprout

£48.90 *

Phyllostachys aurea

Fishpole bamboo, 100 cm

£45.90 *

Yellow Groove Bamboo 'Spectabilis'

Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Spectabilis' with zigzag growth, yellow stalks and green...

£67.40 *


More information about Phyllostachys bamboo - with runners


These stems withstand the wind and this bamboo is perfect for fortified slopes and banks. Due to the rapid sprouting of the root runners, this type of bamboo is able to grow very densely very quickly, but it can also spread at lightning speed. Phyllostachys belongs to the runner bamboo species and should therefore only be planted in our gardens with a root barrier. Of course, this type of bamboo can also be grown in very large tubs and containers, which also act as a root barrier.



Phyllostachys bamboo in the Lubera® garden shop


The stems of the Phyllostachys bamboos are strikingly coloured depending on the variety. They can be shiny green, yellow, red or almost black (e.g. P. nigra), depending on the type of bamboo. They appear multicoloured, with distinct stripes like the variety 'Aureocaulis' or twisted like 'Spectabilis' (P. aureosulcata). The evergreen leaves, shimmering in the sunlight and rustling in the wind, are as decorative as the spectacular bamboo stems. Phyllostachys bissetii is particularly suitable as a screen for the garden, as its leaves grow particularly dense. These bamboos are not quite the height of giant bamboo, but an impressive 10 m can be reached by the magic bamboo 'Aureocaulis'.

Due to the high frost resistance, this type of bamboo can usually survive our winters unscathed. You will find tips to help with winter hardiness below the products.


Bamboo roots and root barriers


The growth of horizontal roots, the rhizomes, begins in late summer. The length of the underground rhizomes varies from 30 cm to a maximum of 12 metres. The strong, spreading bamboo root shoots usually develop only after a longer period of standing (approx. 5 years). For a naturally growing, sprouting Phyllostachys bamboo, an area of at least 10 m² must be planned. For the taller types, even 20 m² per plant is recommended.

For the first two to three years, you can keep your bamboo plants within limits by cutting off the rhizomes. However, to prevent the bamboo from spreading more than you would like, we recommend that you use a deep and stable root barrier directly at the time of planting. It is important that the rhizome barrier does not extend less than 60 centimetres into the soil, 1 metre deep would be even better. The barrier must be made of an extremely robust material such as very thick plastic or stainless metal. A quality PEHD foil is best, a black foil in 2 mm thickness, specially made of hard plastic. There should also be no gaps or overlapping - the rhizome barrier must either consist of a single, ring-shaped part or the film must be connected to the special safety connection links. The rhizome barrier must be shaped in such a way that the plant will eventually spread over the area. It should be visible at least five centimetres above the ground so that the rhizome roots cannot break out of their "prison".




Many types of bamboo, especially Fargesia and Phyllostachys species, have good frost resistance and are therefore considered hardy. In the case of fully-grown bamboo that is planted out, the root is already protected by the soil. We only recommend protecting strong plants with many shoots in the transition from the root to the shoots by tying the stems together over the winter. At the same time, this prevents snow breakage, where the stems break under the weight of the snow. Winter protection in the form of a 20 to 30 cm mulch layer is highly recommended for newly planted bamboo. If you also want to protect the young above-ground bamboo parts, slip a breathable winter fleece over the head of your bamboo plant.


Bamboo as a useful plant


"He who plants bamboo plants water," the Chinese say. Because thanks to its fine root network and its properties as a water reservoir, bamboo raises the groundwater level quickly and sustainably. The incredibly fast-growing bamboo binds more CO2 than almost any other plant in the world. Bamboo also grows in nutrient-poor soils, where it improves its structure and prevents soil erosion.

The fast-growing bamboo is increasingly replacing wood, which in the long term helps to mitigate the negative consequences of rainforest deforestation, especially in the tropics and subtropics.

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