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Bambusa oldhamii /Giant Timber Bamboo

Bambusa oldhamii   / Bambusa oldhamii
Close-up of culms (canes)
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Close-up of culms (canes)

Huge culms of towering heights

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Scientific Name: Bambusa oldhamii
Common Name: Giant Timber Bamboo
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: over 50 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
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Comments: The most commonly grown tropical bamboo in the USA. Grows where temperature does not go below 18 degrees. Grown primarily because of its huge handsome culms (canes). Growth is quite slow at first until plants become well established; then growth and spread is rather rapid. May need to take restrictive measures to keep plants within certain boundaries. A large colony can create a truly meaningful environment.