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Common Green Green Bamboo

​​​​​Common Green Green Bamboo

  • ​​Common Name: Common Green Green 
  • Scientific Name: Bambusa vulgaris
  • Family Name: Poaceae
  • Origin: China
  • Height: 10’ – 13’ (up to 65’)
  • Width: 5’
  • Growth: Fast
  • Zone: 9A - 11
  • Light Needs: Full sun – partially shaded
  • Salt Tolerance:  low
  • Soil/PH/Texture: likes a sandy to loamy soil with a pH range from 4.5 to 7.5.
  • Soil Moisture: low water needs, once established it has a low water requirement.
  • Drought Tolerance: tolerates drought, waterlogging, and light frost.
  • Pests/Diseases: few pest or disease issues.
  • Growing Conditions: easy to grow, low maintenance, clumping and cane-like, it does spread by rhizomes, culm division and occasionally by seed.
  • Characteristics: This common bamboo has arching slender hollow culms that are green or yellow and forms a clump, mid-green lanced-shaped leaves on its stems, and forms a dense crown. The inflorescence is normally found at the stem apex inside the leaf sheath and may be a simple or compound panicle, spike or raceme and differ in size up to 6’ long, and commonly known as a spikelet. Some species produce a nut, while others produce a berry-like fruit.
  • Propagation: by division of root ball, rhizomes, bulbs, tubers and sometimes seeds.
  • Wildlife: attracts birds
  • Facts: The timber from this bamboo is used for building poles, fencing, stakes, and even for furniture construction. The young shoots are edible when cooked, stems can be used as a treatment for rheumatism while the shoots are often used against abscesses and malaria. The bark is astringent and has been known to be used to stimulate blood flow in the pelvic area especially during menstruation. The leaves are used in treatments for malaria and heart problems. It can also be boiled and used while taking a bath to ease a fever.
  • Designer Considerations: use as an ornamental in large gardens or parks, along borders for privacy screening, hedge, soil erosion or for containers on your patio, around your swimming pool or deck.