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Bisset Bamboo - Phyllostachys bissetii
Bissetii is an exceptionally cold hardy bamboo tolerating temperatures to -15 degrees F. When mulched, it's roots will survive -25 degrees F! It is tolerant to most all planting sites and conditions and is also very drought tolerant. It is a vigorous grower with dark grey-green canes and very dense dark green leaves, making it one of the best selections for a quick, evergreen privacy screen in colder climates. More details below

Bisset Bamboo - Phyllostachys bissetii

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Bisset Bamboo
Phyllostachys bissetii

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones:  5a-11 (4?) Find Your Zone 

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 5a, where this Bamboo variety is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

Bissetii is an exceptionally cold hardy bamboo tolerating temperatures to -15 degrees F. We can safely say that it makes a good screen planting as far north as USDA Zone 5 and may survive winters in USDA Zone 4 when mulched heavily. It is tolerant to most all planting sites and conditions and is also very drought tolerant. It is a vigorous grower with dark grey-green canes and very dense dark green leaves, making it one of the best selections for a quick, evergreen privacy screen in colder climates. The canes will develop a golden hue in more sun.

This bamboo is named for David Bisset who was Superintendent of the USDA Plant Introduction Station in Savannah, Georgia from 1924 until 1957




Landscape & Other Uses

Containers/Pots:  Good
Crafts:  Good
Edible:  Too small
Hedge:  Excellent
Indoor:  2 hours minimum sun
Ornamental:  Good
Privacy Screen:  Excellent!
Wood Quality:  Too small




Cultural Preferences

Bisset Bamboo will tolerate full sun or part shade and tolerates moist to dry soils. It is exceptionally adaptable and easy to grow!

Bisset Bamboo is a running bamboo, which means it spreads. Bamboo can be controlled in a small area (a normal city yard) simply by mowing or stepping on the young shoots in spring. Keep in mind that running bamboo only puts up new shoots for a short time each year and, when they are "shooting," the new plants are very fragile and easy to destroy. New shoots of some bamboo varieties can also be used for culinary purposes and cooked, much like asparagus. Root pruning or a Bamboo Root Barrier are other methods to control spread.








Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones:  5a-11
Type:  Running
Height:   |Zone 5: 12'  |  Zones 6: 18'  |  Zone 7: 30'+
Spread:  10'+ with no control
Culm Diameter:  1-2"
Sun:  Full Sun or Part Shade
Soil:  Average
Growth Rate:  Fast


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