Friendly name: Vivax

Phyllostachys vivax

Maximum Height: 70'
Maximum Diameter: 5"
Minimum Temperature: -5° F
Does best in full sun.
Spreading: Moderate

Phyllostachys vivax

Resembles Phyllostachys bambusoides except that the culms of this bamboo are thinner walled. It is grayish green when mature. There is a white powdery band beneath each node at sheath fall. It is the most cold hardy of the large timber bamboos and establishes quite quickly. Shoots are excellent for eating. A very attractive ornamental.

Phyllostachys vivax (Zone 7)
Phyllostachys vivax
Phyllostachys vivax...
First year
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Second year
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Third year
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Fourth year
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Fifth year
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Phyllostachys vivax

Botanical Latin is essentially a written language .... How they are pronounced really matters little provided they sound pleasant and are understood by all concerned...
W.T. Stearn an authority on Botanical Latin

Name Botanical Alternate Meaning
Phyllostachys fil-lo-STAK-iss fy-lo-STAK-iss   Greek for leaf spike 
vivax VIE-VAX    

Phyllostachys vivax
Edible shoots Excellent Hedge Too tall
House Too large Wood quality Thin wall
Container Good Crafts Good
Screen High branching Ornamental Excellent
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