Ned Jaquith 2000
photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2006
Colorful sheath blades on new P. vivax shoot
Maximum Height: 72 feet
Averages 40 to 50 feet
Maximum Diameter: 5 inches
USDA Zone recommended 6 through 10
Phyllostachys vivax is the hardiest timber bamboo. Under ideal
conditions this species can grow to over 70 feet and 5 inches in diameter. This
may be the largest hardy bamboo growing in the Pacific Northwest. It has grown
over 4 inches in diameter in Oregon. This Phyllostachys is the quickest
to attain large size. The thin walled culms are not especially strong. Shoots
from this bamboo are among the best eating.
photos copyright: Ned Jaquith 2002
Teresa standing among P. vivax, new shoots on left, older culms on right.