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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 is the fastest growing of the screening bamboos that we offer. It is one of the best Bamboo species we offer if you want a very dense, quick bamboo grove or privacy screen in both cold and hot climates. It is cold hardy as far north as USDA Zone 5a and stands up well to cold, dry winds. It is doing well above 5,000 feet in Denver Colorado! 

The attributes don't stop with cold hardiness...this is one very attractive bamboo. It was named for the small red margins on all the new edible shoots. It has beautiful green canes with long nodes. The canes are olive-green color with fine reddish striping and the culm sheath borders have pronounced red margin. The beautiful canes are sought for use in arts and crafts. The long spaces between the nodes can reach up to 22 inches on mature canes. The hard wood of this species make it an excellent timber bamboo.

What's more? Red Margin Bamboo is salt spray tolerant, grows well in sun or even deep shade, and tolerates poorly-drained wet sites. It provides a medium to tall privacy screen depending on your location.

USDA Climate Zones 7 to 11: up to or over 50 feet height

USDA Climate Zone 6:  20 to 30 feet in height.

USDA Climate Zone 5: 12 to 18 feet in height

Landscape & Other Uses

Containers/Pots: Good
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

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