The Giant of the Cold Hardy Bamboo.
Phyllostachys Edulis 'Moso'
Max mature size 7" x 75' Hardy to 5 F
Moso is the largest temperate bamboo. It is best suited for the southeastern U.S. Its culm (cane) sheath is very dark, spotted and hairy and easy to recognize. The sheath ligules, oral setae and auricles are very large. Extremely large culms and tiny delicate leaves make this one highly collectable. New shoots emerge very early making this species difficult to grow up north. New shoots are very susceptible to frost damage. I recommend this species for USDA Climate Zones 7 and warmer, preferable in the southeast portion of the U.S. Moso is being grown in climate zone 6 with good results, but it never reaches large sizes. You can expect 1/2 or less of the mature listed sizes in climate zones 6. Moso will not survive in zones 5.
In USDA Climate Zone 7 Southest expect mature size canes to 75+ feet in height.
In USDA Climate Zone 6 expect mature size canes to be 30 feet in height.
Largest Temperate Bamboo on Earth
2 gallon (2'-3'tall) - $39 call
3 gallon (3'+ tall) - $59
Large Field dug divisions $125 and up.
Questions about this bamboo?
Here is what to expect in five years from one of our 3 gallon Moso divisions. You can judge the height by comparing the utility poles in the background. This grove is around 16 feet in height. On average, the planting will double the number of canes it puts up each Spring. From a healthy division of Moso, the next Spring, most all the culms (canes) will be larger in diameter and taller than existing growth. This process of putting up new larger culms each Spring will continue until the mature size for its location is reached. This can be as soon as 7 years or take over 12 years depending on many growth factors.
With the right care, you can have 60 + feet Moso in under 10 years! We fertilize twice a year. About 3 to 4 weeks before our 'Moso' begin putting up new shoots, in late March, we fertilize with a well balanced time release fertilizer. We also fertilize during the middle of the growing to provide the bamboo with extra nutrients to compensate for any that is being depleted from the soil. We do not fertilize during the winter months as this is the dormant time for temperate bamboo.
Photo to the left shows a very well established 3 gallon
container of 'Moso'.
Note the large leaves on the 'Moso' to the left. Mature 'Moso' has tiny delicate leaves. Just like a baby girl or boy may have similar characteristics to its parents, but it will not look just like them at an early age. As the baby matures it will look more like the parents. The same for your new bamboo division. The canes and leaves will most likely not have all the characteristics of the mature size bamboo such as stripes or leaf size. We do guarantee that the bamboo division you buy from us will be true to the species you ordered. Just keep in mind all the bamboo characteristics just like a new born will not look just like its parent form initially.
Owner, Roger Jr. worked on potting up 160 of the 3 gallon Moso into 15 gallon containers. There were multiple canes in each container. The canes are in the 8 to 10 foot height range.
When available, 15 gallon divisions range from $150 to $175 depending on culm size and number per container.
These can not be shipped UPS and are being picked up here or we can deliver if the order is large enough.
The photo to the right and below are all the large containers of Moso. Each of these multiple cane containers weigh over 100 pounds each and have great rhizome growth.
Above left is the 30 gallon size. Middle is the Moso removed from the 15 gallon container on the right. The 30 gallon sizes sell for $250 each.
As you can see they did very well with several canes in the 10 to 14 foot range. Standing within this holding area is very nice and as you see these are much taller than my six foot height.
As you can see, the Moso has done very well. Set up an appointment and select yours while you still can.
You can tell how healthy these Moso are by all the dense foliage.