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Giant Leaf Bamboo - Indocalamus tessellatus
Giant Leaf Bamboo has the largest leaves of any bamboo in cultivation in the U.S, hence the name! It is very east to grow because it adapts to all planting sites. More details below!

Giant Leaf Bamboo - Indocalamus tessellatus

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Giant Leaf Bamboo
Indocalamus tessellatus

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6A-11 (5?)  Find Your Zone 

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6a, where this Bamboo is not 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

Giant Leaf Bamboo has the largest leaves of any bamboo in cultivation in the U.S, hence the name! It is very east to grow because it adapts to all planting sites. The leaves are large enough that the Chinese and Japanese have used them in cooking by wrapping food in them prior to steaming. They are also great for use in floral arrangements. This species is used in many countries for erosion control along flood plains. It makes a great indoor container plant since it adapts to low lighting very well. On new plantings this species will get leaf damage at around 0 to 5 degrees F. On older established groves it will remain evergreen to -10 with very little foliage damage.




Landscape & Other Uses

Containers/Pots: Good
Crafts: Good
Edible: Excellent
Hedge: Good
Indoor: Excellent
Ornamental: Excellent
Privacy Screen: Okay, but maybe too short
Specimen: Yes, slow spreading
Wood Quality: N/A

*Other Special Notes: The largest leaves of any bamboo in cultivation. Excellent for shady areas. 




Cultural Preferences

Giant Leaf Bamboo is easy to grow in any average, well-drained but moist soil and likes a shady site. During the first growing season after planting, water as needed to keep soil around the plants moist, but not soggy or wet. When established, most bamboo will tolerate periods of dry weather, however, will appreciate an occasional deep soaking if the leaves begin to curl from drought stress. 

Giant Leaf 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. New shoots of some bamboo can also be used for culinary purposes and cooked, much like asparagus. 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. Root pruning or a Bamboo Root Barrier are other methods to control spread.








Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6A-11 (5?)  Find Your Zone 
Type: Running, slow spreading
Height: 7-10' depending on site
Spread: 3'+
Culm Diameter: 1/2"
Sun: Shade or Part Sun, 3 to 4 hrs of sun is best
Soil: Well drained to well-drained moist
Growth Rate: Slow spreader



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