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Help ID Bamboo in Central PA

Posted by beckyjessie z6 PA (My Page) on
Mon, Feb 23, 09 at 14:32

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RE: Help ID Bamboo in Central PA

It looks like one of the phyllostachys bamboos.

How tall does it get? How thick are the largest culms? A close-up of the lower culms or any other descriptions would be helpful.


RE: Help ID Bamboo in Central PA


Thanks for responding so fast. I am adding more pictures. The story is
that my Dad's cousin was in WW2 & brought these back from somewhere
overseas. The plants are growing to around 25 - 30 feet high. The
large stalks are at least 5 3/4" diameter. I hope this helps!

RE: Help ID Bamboo in Central PA

The first pic of the second set of pics, is a rhizome of a running bamboo, which it would have to be to get that large in your zone.

However, the second pic looks like a clumper, such as one of the large bambusas, but if it's all the same plant, then you probably have a phyllostachys, but which one....?

Newly emerging shoots can be a very big help if you can post some close-up pics when they emerge in the Spring. This is one of the best ways to identify a species of bamboo.

When you say 5 3/4" in diameter, you do mean diameter and not circumference, right?

How long and wide are the individual leaves?

On the culms, on alternating sides of each internode, is there a groove?(The nodes being the ring(or part) where the limbs grow from). The internodes being the stretch in between the nodes.

Any additional pics would help.


RE: Help ID Bamboo in Central PA


Yes, I did mean to say circumference & not diameter! Sorry about
that. The stand of bamboo is at a friend's property so I can't answer the
rest of your questions right now. I'll wait till Spring & get more
information.You've been a big help.


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