30 Myers Road
Summertown, Tn. 38483-7323   U.S.A

Phone:        (931) 964-4151
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Phyllostachys nigra ‘Megurochiku’ – Brown Stripe Gray Bamboo;
A form of Black Bamboo that does not blacken but develops a dark brown stripe above       the
branches, to 54 feet, USDA Zones 6b-9.  Very popular where a large bamboo with subtle
interest is desired.  At right:  The distinctive dark brown sulcus of an older cane.  The stripe
alternates sides at every node, of course.  At left:  an established grove.
Phyllostachys nigra ‘Shimadake’
Similar to P. n. ‘Henon’ but with occasional random brown vertical striping on the culm developing
after the first year.  To 50 feet ±.  Fairly new in the U.S. so there are few mature groves – should
prove to be highly valued for quality furniture as the stripes are random and much harder to fake
than the “clouds” on ‘Bory’ (which is done with acid for “knock off” furniture).
Established grove at EARF
One year old cane with stripes
just developing.
At right is older cane with fully
developed stripe, middle green
cane is current year with no
stripes as yet.  The stripes, like
the clouds on other cultivars,
persist when the cane is dried.
Phyllostachys nigra ‘Tosaensis’
Similar to P.n. ‘Bory’ but with fewer and larger “clouds” –to 30 feet by 1 ½” – USDA zone 6b-9.
At left:  close-up showing typical “clouds”
that arise on older canes.  At right:  
Young (about 7-8 years) grove in open
Phyllostachys nuda – Chinese Stone Bamboo;
Sun or bright shade, to 35 feet, USDA Zones 5-9.  Very upright canes to a little over 2 inches with thick
walls and only a nominal nodal ridge, -- thus good for construction.  Tasty early to mid-season new
shoots are so dark they appear purple.  New canes are blue-green (mid-ground in pic) with typical whitish
bands below nodes.  Older cane at left in foreground is yellowish-green with dark bands.  This grove over
the years has proven to be the one visitors tend to linger in – out of over a hundred of various species.
Phyllostachys rubromarginata – Red Margin Bamboo;
Best in full sun, much used by basket makers and flute makers because of their thin walls and very
long (up to 22 inches) internodes.  Late shooting, to 60 feet, USDA Zones 6b-9
This cane measured 59' 6".
Picture is from a Bamboo Lover's
Conference hosted & organized
by EARF.
Internodes up to 22"
One of the groves at EARF'
Forest shade on the back causes
canes to lean toward the light.
Phyllostachys viridis ‘Robert Young’ – Green Stripe Sulfur Bamboo        
Best in full sun, but some shade okay.  Excellent for construction, to 45 feet, USDA Zones 6b-9.  Less
upright than
P. nuda but much larger (up to 3 ½” diameter) with thick walls and almost flat nodal
ridges.  Very late shooting season.  One of the most dramatically ornamental large Bamboos.  We
also grow the type (
P. viridis) which is a solid sulphur green with white bands on new canes –
becoming dark with age.  And also the yellow-grooved form
P. viridis ‘Houzeau’.  All three have
similar hardiness (-5ºF), size, strength and nomial nodal ridges.  The stripes do not persist on dried
Used ornamentally at Disney with
lirope groundcover
Inside the main grove
Close-up showing the
random dark green stripes
for which it is known.
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