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Moso Giant Bamboo - Phyllostachys edulis 'Moso'

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Moso Giant Bamboo
Phyllostachys edulis 'Moso'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6A-11   Find Your Zone 



Special Attributes

With canes up to 7 inches in diameter and a height up to 75 feet, ‘Moso’ is the largest temperate bamboo on the planet - a true giant among the species! 

The contrast between its extremely large canes and it's tiny delicate leaves make Moso a very attractive, highly collectible species. The cane sheath is very dark, spotted and hairy and the cane ligules, oral setae and auricles are very large.  

Moso is one of the most useful bamboos in China where it's new shoots are used for food and its canes for timber, paper, plywood, flooring and many other things.

Moso Bamboo is best suited for the Southeastern US. It will not survive north of USDA Zone 6. It is being grown in climate zone 6 with good results, but it will only grow to half the size it grows to in zones 7 and further south.




Landscape & Other Uses

Containers/Pots: Too large
Crafts: Good
Edible: Excellent
Hedge: Too tall
Indoor: Too large
Ornamental: Excellent
Privacy Screen: Excellent
Wood Quality: Excellent




Cultural Preferences

Moso Bamboo is easy to grow in any average, well-drained but moist soil and full to mostly sun. 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. 

Moso 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. 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   Find Your Zone 
Type: Running
Height: USDA Zones 7-11: 75'+  |  USDA Zone 6: 30' 
Spread: 10'+ without control
Culm Diameter: 7"
Sun: Full Sun or Part Shade
Soil: Average, Well drained
Growth Rate: Slow to Moderate 


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