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Phyllostachys rubromarginata

Maximum height: 60 ft.
(More often 30 ft.- 50 ft.; 12 ft. - 18 ft. for us)
Maximum diameter: 3 1/2 in.
(More often 2 in.)
Minimum temperature: -5ºF
(The roots are at least 10ºF more hardy.)

Digging season -
We have found that the best time to dig species in the Phyllostachys genus is late October to early November.

Species in this genus are sometimes dug in June and ready to be planted in September. This dig timing depends on an abundance of rain. A summer drought eliminates the possibility of a June dig.

Occasionally the digging season for this genus can begin as soon as April, provided that the groves haven't received too much winter wind burn. To be on the safe side, orders for species in this genus should be placed before April 15th.

They would be dug between April and November. The timing of a bamboo dig is very weather dependent, with the most likely case being late October for this genus.

Site carefully. It's less hardy than some, though it runs more quickly zone 7 and south. The shoots' sheaths are edged in red. Hence "rubromarginata." It tolerates cold dry winds better than most, but not quite as well as P. bissetii. It has been reported to reach up to 30 feet in height and 2 inches in diameter in zone 6 within 8 years. It will be smaller in zone 5, but is still a big bamboo. As with any bamboo, size depends on growing conditions.


Below are some of our 5 gallon P. rubromarginata plants. We use full, true 5 gallon pots. Most "5 gallon" pots sold by other nurseries are in fact 3 gallon pots. The pots we use are known as "true 5's" or "trade 7's".


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