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Arundinaria gigantea 'Macon'

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

* Please note that, while most bamboo can be dug during most of the year, weather permitting, species in the genus Arundinaria need to be dug as soon as the ground thaws in late winter to early spring; late March through mid April. Orders for Arundinaria species need to be placed by March.

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Below: A 3 gallon 'Macon' plant

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 only top-killed one winter. That happened on Jan 30th, 2019 when the temperature fell to -20ºF, but there were 40 mph winds along with that temperature. The winds were the main factor in the top-kill.

The grove completely grew back during a few week period that spring.

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 7 where winter hardiness is less of an issue, you might consider planting the species.

- In loving memory of Uncle Ron and Aunt Beulah [Ronald D. and Beulah Mae (Shoemaker) Conner], who collected this bamboo ca. 1998 and gifted it to me because they knew I was interested in growing more bamboo. This was the second plant added to my collection.

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