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Phyllostachys bissetii (David Bisset bamboo)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
6m
Max height
9m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Phyllostachys bissetii

Other names

David Bisset bamboo

Genus

Phyllostachys Phyllostachys

Species

P. bissetii - P. bissetii is a dense, vigorous, evergreen bamboo forming a spreading clump of dark green canes, lighter when in full sun, and narrow, lance-shaped, mid-green leaves.


Phyllostachys bissetii is: Evergreen

Habit

Spreading, Upright

Foliage

Mid-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Young shoots may be damaged by slugs and snails.

Specific pests

Slugs , Snails Slugs , Snails

General care

Pruning

Remove dead or damaged stems and thin out to show off stems to best effect.

Propagation methods

Division


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Where to grow

Phyllostachys bissetii (David Bisset bamboo) will reach a height of 6m and a spread of 9m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Containers, Hedging/Screens, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Plant in fertile, humus-rich and moist but well-drained soil, in full sun or part shade. Best to protect from cold drying winds, particularly coastal winds. Can be an invasive grower so if space is limited, plant in a large container or use a root barrier

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Phyllostachys bissetii

Other names

David Bisset bamboo

Genus

Phyllostachys Phyllostachys

Species

P. bissetii - P. bissetii is a dense, vigorous, evergreen bamboo forming a spreading clump of dark green canes, lighter when in full sun, and narrow, lance-shaped, mid-green leaves.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Spreading, Upright


Colour

Foliage

Mid-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Young shoots may be damaged by slugs and snails.

Specific pests

Slugs , Snails

General care

Pruning

Remove dead or damaged stems and thin out to show off stems to best effect.

Propagation methods

Division


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Phyllostachys bissetii (David Bisset bamboo) will reach a height of 6m and a spread of 9m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Containers, Hedging/Screens, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Plant in fertile, humus-rich and moist but well-drained soil, in full sun or part shade. Best to protect from cold drying winds, particularly coastal winds. Can be an invasive grower so if space is limited, plant in a large container or use a root barrier

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

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