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RUNNING BAMBOO

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Running bamboos spread by sending out roots or rhizomes into the earth to a depth of about one foot. Some running bamboos are modest growers, while others can be extremely vigorous and invasive. Giant timber bamboos grow to huge proportions in the Southeast and on the western seaboard.

Runners fall into three size categories:

GIANT BAMBOO:
Phyllostachys – these are the tallest of the species, ranging from 10 feet to over 100 feet tall. They prefer sun or partial shade.

MEDIUM SIZE BAMBOO:
Sasa and Indocalamus – heights range from 4-15 feet tall. A shade to part sun environment is preferred.

GROUNDCOVERS:
Pleioblastus – Heights range from 1-4 feet tall. Most prefer a sunny area but some only grow in shade.

Height and culm diameters listed are based on information for maximum dimensions in the continental U.S. Generally the warmer the climate, the larger the height and diameter of the bamboo. Bamboo in Zone 5 may be 50% of the maximum height listed.

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