photos copyright: Ned Jaquith 2000

photo copyright: Noah Bell, 2006
Colorful sheath blades on new P. vivax shoot


Phyllostachys vivax
Common name:
Chinese Timber

Maximum Height: 72 feet
Averages 40 to 50 feet
Maximum Diameter: 5 inches
Hardiness: -5 F
USDA Zone recommended 6 through 10

Phyllostachys vivax is the hardiest timber bamboo. Under ideal conditions this species can grow to over 70 feet and 5 inches in diameter. This may be the largest hardy bamboo growing in the Pacific Northwest. It has grown over 4 inches in diameter in Oregon. This Phyllostachys is the quickest to attain large size. The thin walled culms are not especially strong. Shoots from this bamboo are among the best eating.

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  photos copyright: Ned Jaquith 2002

Teresa standing among P. vivax, new shoots on left, older culms on right.