Phyllostachys Edulis commonly known as Moso Bamboo or Tortoise-shell Bamboo is a temperate species of giant timber bamboo native to China and Taiwan. It is the largest temperate bamboo on earth and the most economically important bamboo in China.
Different names have been applied to this species in the past, of which the most often used names were Phyllostachys pubescens and Phyllostachys heterocycla.
Moso bamboo is a monopodial bamboo, An absolute giant in all respects, with blue-green culms (canes) and dense arching foliage and have a fuzzy texture. The distinctive internodes are very short near the ground, then lengthen to a foot or more higher up the culm.
The leaves are smaller than those of many other bamboos and present a pleasant contrast to the massive culms. Moso bamboo pole stalks are considered among the biggest and most beautiful, growing to a diameter from 3 to 7 inches and towering to 80 feet with clusters of relatively small green leaves.
Growing Moso Bamboo requires plenty of heat, water and feed to achieve towering, majestic and simply jaw-dropping hights of up to 70 ft. Hardy to about 0 degrees F. Plant in full sun or light shade. Moso is somewhat more difficult to establish than are other bamboos. Some claim that it is helpful to start with a large division. Rhizome divisions are generally unsuccessful. Moso has a strong preference for well-drained, red clay soils.
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Height: 45-60 ft (13-18 m) Max Culm Diameter: 7 in (18 cm) Hardiness: -10 degrees Fahrenheit USDA Zone: 6-10 Light: Full Sun / Partial Shade