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Giant Leaf Bamboo
Giant Leaf Bamboo Grows well in Ashburn! Out Of Stock
Giant Leaf Bamboo

Poaceae Indocalamus Tessellatus None

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Grows InZone 6A · -10° to -5° F through Zone 11 · Above 40° F
Grows in Ashburn! (Learn More)
Sun ExposureFull / Mostly Sun, Morning Sun / Evening Shade, Morning Shade / Evening Sun, Dappled Light / Filtered Sun
Soil DrainageWell Drained, Moderately Drained
Resistent ToHeat
Foliage ColorDark Green
Average Height5' to 6', 6' to 8', 8' to 10', 10' to 12'
Average Width.5' to 1', 1' to 2'
Additional Information About Giant Leaf Bamboo


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.

Giant leaf is a running bamboo but spreads very slowly so is not considered "invasive." To control spread, step on new shoots when they emerge one time a year in spring, use an in-ground barrier, or plant above- or below-ground in a container.  Root pruning, a Bamboo Root Barrier or growing plants in above- or below-ground containers are other methods to control spread.

Gardener Direct carries Bamboo fertilizer and planting soil containing Biochar, a highly porous material that allows for long term water and nutrient holding capabilities. 


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. 


USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 6A-11 (5?)
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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