Red Cane Bamboo Phyllostachys rubromarginata

Phyllostachys rubromarginata is also called the Reddish Bamboo or Red Margin Bamboo because of the reddish colour of the new shoots. 
This running bamboo is tall and upright, fast-spreading bamboo. It is ideal for tall hedges and quick natural privacy screens. 
The Reddish Bamboo is hardy to -20 degrees Celsius making it one of the cold-tolerant Phyllostachys bamboos to grow in the cold Winter areas of the UK and US. 

The stunning new reddish shoots are a standout feature. Definitely requires root barriers or elevated beds to contain it from spreading.

General description

  • Name: Phyllostachys rubromarginata, Reddish Bamboo, Red Margin Bamboo
  • Foliage: Evergreen.
  • Culm: Upright green canes, reddish new shoots.
  • Height: 6 - 7m, upright.
  • Spread Running bamboo, very invasive.

Growth requirement

  • Site:  Part shade to full sun.
  • Soil: Well-drained, moist soil.
  • Hardiness: – 20 degrees Celsius, hardy bamboo.
  • Use: Fast privacy screening, tall hedge, container plant, individual plant – low maintenance plant but invasive.

Grow bamboo Phyllostachys rubromarginata (Reddish bamboo)

Cultivate in contained spaces

The Phyllostachys rubromarginata can grow to 7 metres and spread very quickly. 

It may not grow to its maximum height and spread when grown in contained spaces. 

Use large heavy-duty container pots to grow this tall Phyllostachys bamboo. 

The new shoots in the second, third and successive years will be reasonably taller than the first shoots. 

So, do not be surprised if your Phyllostachys rubromarginata is taller than an average Phyllostachys bamboo in the container pots. 

This running bamboo will definitely require repotting within 3 – 5 years. 

Cultivate in the garden

The Phyllostachys rubromarginata’s evergreen foliage, tall stems, elongated branches and thick covers are great for dense hedges and screens.

It is important to know that Phyllostachys rubromarginata (Reddish bamboo ) is an invasive bamboo. 

Therefore building a bamboo barrier prior to planting it in the garden is the best thing to do. 

Like the other running bamboos, the Reddish bamboo prefers well-drained, moist soil. 

How to propagate Reddish Bamboo?

In the UK, many growers use Rhizome Cuttings to propagate the running bamboo successfully. 

You can also use Culm Cuttings or Bamboo Seeds to propagate Phyllostachys rubromarginata. Seeds are often hard to find because bamboos rarely flower. 

If you are lucky to have a rare bamboo seed, take extra care to grow them. 

This How to Grow Bamboo from Seeds Step-by-step Guide will help you to grow bamboo from seeds successfully.

Where to Buy Phyllostachys Bamboos in the UK?

The Phyllostachys Rubromarginata has a distinctive slender and upright growing habit and is hardy to -20 degrees Celsius. 

This bamboo is the best choice for large pots, tall garden hedges or quick natural privacy screens. 

It is also an ideal bamboo for landscapers, homeowners or gardeners who want fast-growing, thick and tall bamboo. 

Bamboos similar to Phyllostachys rubromarginata

Finding the tall Phyllostachys Bamboo at the local nursery or garden centre can be challenging. 

Therefore, we list 5 other bamboos that are similar to the ‘Phyllostachys rubromarginata’. 

The similarities are based on 5 important factors: the type (either running or clumping), height, foliage, hardiness and use

Details for each bamboo can be found through the links provided, click for more information.
  1. Phyllostachys Parvifolia Running Bamboo
  2. Phyllostachys flexuosa Sinuate Bamboo
  3. Edulis Moso Bamboo Phyllostachys Pubescens
  4. Giant Phyllostachys Bamboo Phyllostachys Bambusoides
  5. Black Bamboo Phyllostachys Nigra

Black Bamboo Plants UK

Phyllostachys rubromarginata is a fantastic bamboo for privacy screens and fast-growing hedging. 

Root barriers are necessary for growing this bamboo. 

At G.B.P, our goal is to provide the right information for selecting the right bamboo to grow in the garden and in pots and containers. 

We also offer bamboo growers tips and guides on how to look after your bamboo plants. You can see our work on Bamboo Care and Maintenance here.

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