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Chinese Timber Bamboo

Chinese Timber Bamboo
Chinese Timber Bamboo

Vigorous Tree Bamboo with Edible Shoots

One of the hardiest tree bamboos, this species will take -5 F and flourish. The latin species name vivax means long lived. This species is best known for its large diameter canes which are quickly produced in 3-5 years even growing to 5 inches in diameter in three years in a zone 7 climate.  Its durabiliy as well as use for the edible shoots make it an important timber species of bamboo.  Here in Michigan we have to take precautions against severe winter cold when it dips past -5 F but so far this species as well as edulis seem to grow fairly well here unless we hit below -15 F. Some bamboo sources list this as a Zone 6a hardiness.   Vivax is a runner bamboo and it is considered highly stoloniferous. If you wish to keep it contained consider the 30-60 mil plastic as a liner around the planting.  Our one year old plants are grown in paper pots and are easily transplanted. Image by Quarryhill Arboretum.

Plant Specs

Genus & Species:

Phyllostachys vivax



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Very durable even in shallow poor soil.


Zone 6ish-Zone 9

Ease of Cultivation:

Super easy to establish. Like any stoloniferous bamboo, keep in mind the dimensions you want something to spread.

Product Sku# Price Quantity
Pot, 12-18" CTBA_12-18 $19.25 Qty: