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Red Margin Bamboo - Phyllostachys Rubromarginata
Red Margin Bamboo has beautiful green canes with long nodes. More details below!

Red Margin Bamboo - Phyllostachys Rubromarginata

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Red Margin Bamboo
Phyllostachys rubromarginata

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-11   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

Red Margin Bamboo has beautiful green canes with long nodes. It's a very cold hardy bamboo that makes a great screen and is growing well in USDA Zone 5 and warmer. It is doing well above 5000 feet in Denver, CO. It will provide a screening effect even in densely shaded areas. The culm (cane) sheaths are olive color with fine reddish striping. The culm sheath borders have the pronounced red margin. Sheath auricles and oral setae are absent. The ligule is dark red in color. Handles salt spray well. Culms are tough but easy to split for use in weaving.

Landscape & Other Uses

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

Cultural Preferences

Red Margin Bamboo is easy to grow in any average, well-drained but moist soil to wet soils in  full sun or deep shade. 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. 

Red Margin 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: 5-11  Find Your Zone 
Type: Running
Height: Up to 60'
Spread: 10'+ with no control
Culm Diameter: 3"
Sun: Full Sun or Part Shade
Soil: Average
Growth Rate: Fast

Plant Long & Prosper!

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