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Giant Leaf Bamboo

Indocallumus tessalatus

Height: 7′
Diameter: .5″
Cold Resistance: -10F
Light:Light sun to heavy shade.

Giant Leaf Bamboo has some unique properties.  First of all are the giant leaves, up to 24 inches long and 4 inches wide.  It will grow in almost complete shade and is extremely cold hardy, surviving and staying green down to about -10F.  The slender canes arch over forming a sort of mound of bamboo.
In the picture above, Giant Leaf bamboo has been planted in a bend of our creek.  This is in the woods and gets little if any sun. Before the planting the creek had eroded the sides and this was a bank of red clay that was only getting worse.  I planted several pieces of I. tessalatus in the creek bank and in only a few years it had spread and covered the entire area.  It has worked better than I expected, especially since it gets so little (or no) sun.

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