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Arundinaria gigantea 'Macon'

Maximum height: 20 ft.
Maximum diameter: 1 in.
Minimum temperature: -20ºF
(The roots are at least 10ºF more hardy.)


Here we offer the more upright and cold hardy of the ecotypes of this species. It comes from Macon County located in Tennessee. This super cold hardy ecotype has survived temperatures lower than -20ºF. Since we acquired this bamboo in 1998, it has never top-killed.

In the accompanying photo we can see what a great hunting blind is provided by the Macon River Cane. It also provides excellent cover and habitat for wildlife.

Grow this ecotype in full sun to part shade in well drained to moist soils, but never in a site that remains soggy for periods longer than a few days at a time after rains.

If you live south of USDA zone 6 where winter hardiness is less of an issue, you might consider planting the species.


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