Phyllostachys atrovaginata

Phyllostachys atrovaginata closeup of new shoots

Phyllostachys atrovaginata, is commonly referred to as Incense Bamboo for its fragrant culms. I love working around this bamboo on warm, sunny days when its spicy scent is most noticeable (some compare it to sandalwood). It is a vigorous runner here in western Washington, and the strongly tapered culms can grow to about 30' with a base diameter of about 2". It has a strongly upright habit once established, the poles are fairly sturdy, and the shoots are reported to be quite tasty. It thrives in rich, organic, somewhat acid soils, but it is also one of the very few bamboos well adapted for wet or boggy soils. It thrives in full sun exposure, with minimal summer irrigation, and is hardy to about -5 degrees F.

Available plants:

Phyllostachys atrovaginata #7
Phyllostachys atrovaginata #10
Phyllostachys atrovaginata #15