Of all the bamboos we’ve tried this one did the best over the cold winter of 2009-2010.
This is a very tightly clumping bamboo, with culms 2″ in diameter and a maximum height of about 40′. The canes are supposed to be whitish-blue, they just look green so far. That may change in time. The leaves are dense so it makes a great privacy screen.
Bamboo loves sun, water and heat. I find it grows best in July, Aug and Sept.
Despite loving water, all of ours did well through the drought and watering ban last summer. I think the roots go deep enough to stay well watered. This was the only bamboo we have that did not die back after the frosts in 2009-2010.
I find mealy bugs like the bamboo, blasting them off with the garden hose takes care of them.
Thrived in the heat and drought of the summer of 2011, sometimes dies back in cold winters.
This one has been especially popular with the neighbors, several have inquired about it as a screen between homes.
The older this bamboo gets the less the hard frosts bother it. Last winter we had a string of several nights dip down into the high teens. The leaves died, a few stalks died, but it’s been filling back out.