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Phyllostachys bissetii


David Bisset bamboo

An excellent screening plant

A hardy and tolerant bamboo eventually growing to 5m (16ft) with a spread of 3m (10ft). Green canes carry fresh green leaves which remain in good condition through winter. Initially clump forming and dense it makes an excellent wind break or screen. Eventually it runs and spreads if not contained by a root barrier. A good alternative to a hedge and ideal for contemporary planting schemes.


Plant in full sun or partial shade in beds and borders. A good boundary and screening plant.


Any well drained, reasonably moist soil. Put a root barrier in place to control spread at time of planting. 

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Bamboo
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 400 cm - 600 cm
Plant width 150 cm - 900 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 200 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Patio container

Typically available

From February to September