is there any guessing what species this free craigslist bamboo is

cousinfloydJune 9, 2014

In the free section of the Charlotte, NC craigslist there's some bamboo with a couple pictures, posted June 8. The description says: "Already cut down and ready to be hauled away. This bamboo ranges from 4 feet long to as long as 14-16' feet. Ranging in diameter from 1/4"-1/2" some maybe even bigger. But all of it is under an inch in diameter. This stuff is strong and good for countless projects..." My understanding is that most bamboo in North Carolina is probably in the Phyllostachys genus, but I'm wondering if this could be something else. Is there any identifying, narrowing down, or ruling out that can be done based just on what's in the ad?

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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

That's likely not a Phyllostachys. It looks like Pseudosasa japonica (Arrow bamboo) to me. What do you want to do with it? What this guy is offering is only useful as material for projects. It's dead and you won't be growing more from it.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 11:45PM
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I was hoping maybe Pseudosasa japonica. That's a species I'd like to add. I was hoping there'd be a piece of root somewhere I could transplant. Is there any hope in that?

    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 7:36AM
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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

If you get a piece with a rhizome (root) attached it's possible that it will grow, but only if it is fresh and hasn't dried out. To grow from rhizome it's best to have a large, fresh piece, or better yet, a root ball. And if you succeed in growing from rhizome, it will take a number of years for it to size up. Best to have a whole division.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 3:39PM
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Thanks, Kudz.
When you say a "whole division," do you just mean including a culm?

    Bookmark   June 19, 2014 at 10:58PM
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