Lewis Bamboo

Phyllostachys Rubromarginata 'Red Margin Bamboo'

This bamboo is used for privacy screens and wind brakes

In USDA Climate Zone 7 expect mature size canes to be over 50 feet. in height.
In USDA Climate Zone 6 expect mature size canes to be 20 to 30 feet in height.
In USDA Climate Zone 5 expect mature size canes to be 12 to 18 feet in height.

Phyllostachys rubromarginata

Phyllostachys Rubromarginata

Plant introduction number (PI) into the U.S. 77000

Average mature size  3" x 60'      Hardy to -5 F
Aggressive in full sun.

One of our top Screening Bamboo for cold climates.

This past year P. rubro was the most sought after bamboo we supplied. It has beautiful green canes with long nodes. Very hardy bamboo that makes a great screen and is growing well in climate zone 5.

This one is doing well above 5000 feet in cold Denver, CO.  The culm (cane) sheaths are olive color with fine reddish striping. The culm sheath borders have the pronounced red margin. Sheath auricles and oral setae are absent. The ligule is dark red in color. Handles salt spray well. This great bamboo will provide a screening effect even in densely shaded areas.

I recommend this species for USDA Climate Zones 5 and warmer.

2 gallon (2'-3'tall) - $39
3 gallon (4'-6'tall) - $55 - Call

Available Sizes


Climate Zone 5 or warmer
Sun or Shade


Large Field dug divisions $95 each

To order or if can help in anyway,
please call us at 1-877-RZN-CANE
or 205-292-0536

Questions about this bamboo?

Rubromarginata is an excellent choice for privacy screening in colder climate zones because of its fast growth, cold hardiness and ability to withstand cold dry winds. It is named for the small red margins of coloration on all the new edible shoots.

An extensive government study done by the University of Auburn agriculture department showed it to be superior in culm/rhizome production. The university tested twenty seven species over a thirty year period and found it be dramatically superior over the other bamboo tested in the genus.  We have found this species to be a healthy and strong grower. It is one of the best species if you want to have a bamboo grove or screen fast.

Phyllostachys Rubromarginata (red margin bamboo)


Phyllostachys Rubromarginata (red margin bamboo)The beautiful canes are highly sought after for use in arts and crafts. The long inter nodal spaces can reach up to 22 inches on mature canes. The hard wood of this species make it an excellent timber bamboo.

It's name is derived from the beautiful red markings on the new spring shoots.
Phyllostachys Rubromarginata (red margin bamboo) shoots

This grove is doing an excellent job of hiding the 'neighbor' most all of us have. This is one of our customer's house.

Customer reports from as far back as 1998 keep us informed on Rubro all over the U.S.  In zone 6 it has attained 35 feet in height  X 2 plus inches in diameter while being exposed to -12  degrees F.
Phyllostachys Rubromarginata (red margin bamboo)


Phyllostachys Rubromarginata (red margin bamboo)

One of our customers in Shoal, Indiana reported his Rubro did not drop leaves at -15 degrees F. from his 6 year old planting. It has already attained 20 feet in height.
Rubro's thick lush foliage is always present on groves established in full sun.

Phyllostachys Rubromarginata (red margin bamboo)
Even upon approaching the edge of the grove the 'neighbor' cannot be seen.

If you are fortunate enough to have a nice extended driveway like this, then bamboo is great. Starter divisions of bamboo can be spaced along the drive and allowed to fill in the entire length.  

Phyllostachys Rubromarginata (red margin bamboo) screen


Phyllostachys Rubromarginata (red margin bamboo) screen
Beautiful and very well maintained, this bamboo offers so much to this urban home. Homes in this area have sparsely planted shade trees and large lawns requiring extensive up keep. Within 4 years this bamboo planting brought nature back to this previously cleared lot. Strolling down their driveway to get the mail, the owners enjoy birds and the rustling of the bamboo.

Phyllostachys Rubromarginata (red margin bamboo)

This Phyllostachys rubro is used behind a fence line. Long, slender, and slightly bladed culm internodes (16 inches or more) are a noticeable character trait of Phyllostachys rubromarginata which has very good wood quality.
This planting of rubro. gets less than 3 hours of filtered sun light during the summer months.   The bamboo is screening out a building up on the hill. Hides it well doesn't it.   Phyllostachys Rubromarginata (red margin bamboo)

Phyllostachys rubromarginata 'red margin' is an excellent choice for shaded areas. This species has proven to do very well in deep shade. In our experience it has also adapted to wet sites very well. Even out performing Phyllostachys atrovaginata or Phyllostachys purpurata in poorly drained areas. Once established it grows very dense and produces hundreds of canes close together. This planting is among large oak and poplar trees towering 80 feet above the bamboo.

Rubromarginata is very cold tolerant (0 to -5 degrees F.) and tolerates cold, dry winds making it an excellent wind screening bamboo. It grows to a height varying from 30 to 60 feet and up to 3 inch diameter depending on your location. Even in colder areas this species can reach over 30 feet in height.

Below photo shows some of the hundreds of Rubro potted in 2, 3 and 15 gallon containers. The larger 15 gallon sizes are $90 each.

Phyllostachys Rubromarginata (red margin bamboo)

  In USDA Climate Zone 7 expect mature size canes to be over 50 feet in height.
In USDA Climate Zone 6 expect mature size canes to be 20 to 30 feet in height.
In USDA Climate Zone 5 expect mature size canes to be 12 to 18 feet in height.

Contact us: 1-877-RZN-CANE
Office: 205-292-0536
  E-mail:      roger@lewisbamboo.com
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