SelecTree: Tree Detail
GIANT TIMBER BAMBOO
Photo Locations: Huntington Botanical Gardens - San Marino, CA, UC Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara, CA, Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA and Quail Botanical Gardens - Encinitas, CA
A clump bamboo useful for tall screens. Edible shoots. Grown as ornamental or for a paper pulp. Hardy to 15 degrees F.
Native to Taiwan.
Additional Common Names
GIANT TIMBER BAMBOO, OLDHAM BAMBOO
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 25 - 50 feet.
Growth Rate: 36 Inches per Year.
Longevity Less than 50 years.
Leaves Lanceolate, Light Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Bark Green, Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Leaves.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 7 - 9 and 13 - 23.
USDA Hardiness Zones 8 - 11.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Resistant to Texas Root Rot and Verticillium. Susceptible to Aphids and Scales.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
None Known Health Hazard.
Fire Resistance is Unfavorable.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Bambusa oldhamii Tree Record." 1995-2018. May 21, 2018.
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