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Green Bamboo

Phyllostachys bissetii forms olive green canes and has dense foliage

Green Bamboo
 
 
 
 

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Product information "Green Bamboo"

Phyllostachys bissetii makes a vital impression with it dense, dark green leaves and strong canes.

The olive green colour of the green bamboo provides a wonderful, exotic impression. Together with the dense, dark green leaf mass and the high, strong and grove-like growth, this is a versatile bamboo.
 
A vital bamboo

The canes of the green bamboo are still fresh green when they are young and they turn an olive green colour after 3 years; with high amount of solar radiation, they turn slightly yellowish. The young shoots begin to grow slightly oblique and then straighten. When young, they are slightly overhanging, while the older shoots are upright with a bendy tip. The leaves make a vital impression due to the dark green leaf colour. The green bamboo also has a very dense leaf mass. A tasty tea can be prepared from the fresh leaves. At least theoretically, I myself have not tried such a tea and would be glad if someone writes about their experience below in the questions and comments section.
 
The canes reach diameters of up to 3 cm; in warmer regions of Southern Germany and Switzerland they can become even thicker. They are close together; in the case of older specimens, the distance between the canes is then increased. This bamboo grows up to 7 m high and should be allowed to spread at least 10 m², so that the loose growth character can be seen.

Phyllostachys bissetii wants a sunny to partially shaded site. The sunnier the location, the more we notice the yellowish green colour. The soil should typically be nutrient-rich, permeable and it should provide a good water supply without waterlogging. This bamboo is windproof and hardy down to -26°C.
 
Observe the formation of the runners

Like almost all bamboos, except the Fargesia, Phyllostachys bissetii also forms partly strong runners. Without taking any precautions, the bamboo will spread and so it will grow quickly in places where it shouldn’t. In order to prevent this, it is essential that a so-called rhizome barrier is installed. This barrier is made of very thick, durable plastic, which should be inserted about 1.5 m deep into the ground. It should protrude 5 cm above ground level, so the under- and over-migration of the runners can be prevented. Regular checks should be carried out on a regular basis, as individual runners could overcome the barrier. If this is the case, these runners must be thoroughly dug out and removed.
 
In the interior of the barrier, the old, thin and too close standing canes can be removed every two years, so that the plant can develop nicely.

In cooler regions of northern Germany, the formation of runners is often lower due to the lower temperatures in the summer; however a rhizome barrier should not be omitted.
 
Phyllostachys bissetii is very suitable for creating an evergreen hedge. In the case of a cut hedge, the growth remains bushy. The canes can be regularly cut back to the desired height; the old and thin canes can also be completely removed. The removal of young shoots is worthwhile twice, on the one hand, more beautiful stems are formed and on the other hand, the shoots are edible and can be used in wonderful Asian dishes. As a solitary plant, the green bamboo develops in Switzerland and in southern Germany with time into a loose bamboo grove; it develops rather dense clumps in northern Germany.
 
The thing with the flowering

Bamboo plants only flower every 80-130 years and all of the bamboo of the same species bloom within 10-15 years. Many bamboo plants bloom to such an extent that they die afterwards. This is not the case with the Phyllostachys species, for example Phyllostachys bissetii: with strong pruning and a good fertilisation these bamboos get enough energy to recover and regrow. Since the 1990s, single stems, not whole plants, have been able to flower. However, no germinating seeds were formed and by 2016 no case was known, in which well-established plants have died; only a few container plants fell victim to the flowers.
 
Short description of Phyllostachys bissetii

Growth: Initially slightly oblique, then overhanging to arched

Final size: 7 m high and at least 5 m wide

Flowers: Flowering rhythm between 80-130 years, by pruning and providing fertiliser, the dying can be prevented

Canes: The young canes are fresh green, then olive green, yellowish with higher sun exposure

Leaves: Wintergreen

Use: Solitary plant, for groups or a bamboo forest
 
 
  • Final height 5m to 7.5m
  • Final width 3m to 5m
  • Available February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Fragrance slightly scented
  • Use as a structural plant, as a hedge, for group plantings, as a specimen plant
  • Hardiness hardy
  • Soil moist, dry, moderately heavy, light, slightly alkaline, neutral, slightly acidic
  • Location partial shade, full sun
  • Leaf Colour green

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