Phyllostachys bissetii or as it’s sometimes called David Bisset bamboo is a striking bamboo very garden worthy bamboo. Bissettii is extremely useful as a bamboo that alway looks fresh and healthy with its glossy deep green canes which when young are covered in an attractive grey downy powder. The foliage is also the same depending green, slightly glossy in appearance and produced in profusion. Phyllostachys bissetii is incredibly hardy and was the first bamboo I planted in our garden 15 years ago when it was just an exposed field exposured to strong wind from all directions. Bissettii responded by establishing rapidly and despite my best efforts to abuse it always remained strong and healthy looking. It is now a magnificent bamboo over 6 metres high planted amongst white stemmed birches, Japanese maples, Chusan palms and of course other bamboo.
Phyllostachys bissetii is very versatile and can be planted as a tall impressive specimen or screen. It can also be planted as a hedge and can easily be clipped to whatever height you need up to 4-5 metres high. We recommend using: Bamboo Root Barrier for this bamboo as it will spread unless the roots are contained. As with all bamboo Bissettii responds well to regular feeding, I top dress spring and mid-summer with pelleted poultry manure and if I remember to annual mulch of composted horse manure.
- Position:Sun to part shade out of cold, drying winds - especially coastal winds.
- Soil:All soils, but avoid waterlogged areas very dry soils will need extra watering.
- Eventual Size:Up to 5 metres, but can be pruned.
- Common Names:Bissett's Bamboo, David Bisset bamboo, Green bamboo.