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Giant Timber Bamboo

​​​​​​Giant Timber Bamboo

  • Common Name: Giant Timber Bamboo (other common names: Bambusa Species, Ryoku-Chiku, Oldham's Bamboo Formosa Giant Bamboo, Oldham's Bamboo)
  • Scientific Name: Bambusa oldhamii
  • Family Name: Poaceae
  • Origin: Japan
  • Height: 40’ – 55’
  • Width: 4’ – 6’
  • Growth: fast (can reach 15’ tall in 2 ½ years)
  • Zone: 8A - 11
  • Light Needs: Full sun – Partial shade
  • Salt Tolerance:  tolerant to salt air in ocean environments
  • Soil/PH/Texture: can grow in light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, mildly acidic – mildly alkaline (pH 601 – 7.8) (need steady diet of natural or chemical fertilizer)
  • Soil Moisture: average water needs, likes moist soil
  • Drought Tolerance: moderate
  • Pests/Diseases: generally resistant to most pathogens, but susceptible to insects like aphids, scale, and mealy bugs
  • Growing Conditions: easy to grow and low maintenance
  • Characteristics: This plant is monocarpic, grown for its foliage, it is well known for its large, olive green culms, vertical and clumping growth habit, and tasty shoots that are about 4” in diameter. It is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Wind, has leaves year-round and flowers from July to October.
  • Propagation: by dividing rhizomes, tubers, bulbs, and offsets. You can also air layer or take woody stem cuttings.
  • Wildlife: unknown
  • Facts: edible tasty shoots and useful for its timber, also known for the famous Oldhamii timber bamboo used throughout Walt Disney World.
  • Designer Considerations: use as a wind screen, privacy hedge, focal point specimen plant, border plant, erosion control, or as a container plant for your deck or patio.​