These giants are listed form biggest on down. That means Moso bamboo is first, the largest cold hardy bamboo we can grow. This was always one of my best selling bamboos and it’s easy to understand why if you ever walk through a grove. The canes can reach 7 inches in diameter and 75 feet in height. A few others can get almost as big. The American Bamboo Society list most of these as smaller than what I’ve listed. The measurements came from canes in my grove (I just went out and measured several of them) The common name if first (if it has one) followed by the Latin name.
Moso – Phyllostachys edulis 7 inches by 75 feet
Japanese Timber Bamboo – Phyllostachys bambusoides 6 inches by 72 feet
Vivax – Phyllostachys vivax 5.5 inches by 70 feet
Green Stripe Vivax – Phyllostachys vivax ‘Aureocaulis’ 5 inches by 70 feet
Black Stripe – Phyllostachys nigra ‘Megoruchiku’ 4 inches by 55 feet
Castillon – Phyllostachys bambusoides ‘Castillon’ 4 inches by 45 feet
Leopard or Snakeskin Bamboo – Phyllostachys nigra ‘Bory’ 4.35 inches by 50 feet
Giant Gray Henon – Phyllostachys nigra ‘Henon’ 3.5 inches by 65 feet
The ones above are the largest bamboos I grow but some of the others are also what might be called giants. They all get at least 3 inches or larger in diameter. Here are a few.
Sweet Shoot Bamboo – Phyllostachys dulcis 3.25 inches by 40 feet
Pigskin Bamboo – Phyllostachys viridis 3.3inhes by 60 feet
Houzeou – Phyllostachys viridis ‘Houzeou’ 3 inches by 45 feet
Makinoi – Phyllostachys makinoi 3 inches by 60 feet
Slender Crookstem – Phyllostachys bambusoides ‘Slender Crookstem‘ 3 inches by 48 feet
Incense Bamboo – Phyllostachys atrovaginata 3 inches by 35 feet