Is Scottish Bamboo Invasive? [Phyllostachys humilis Small Running Bamboo]

The Scottish Bamboo (Phyllostachys humilis) is a mini running bamboo with lush evergreen foliage forming on the culms from the ground up, an excellent bamboo for hedge and privacy screens. 

This bamboo grows exceptionally well in confined spaces. Commonly used as centrepieces and in Japanese Gardens designs. It's an RHS Merit Award winner for its desirable garden features.

Buy Bamboo Humilis Scottish Bamboo

The Scottish Bamboo Humilis (Phyllostachys Humilis) makes an ideal plant for contained spaces. In fact, it will do well in pots and containers or in small garden spaces.

The tough dense foliage can be pruned and trimmed to give a neat appearance. 

Neatly trimmed, the dense evergreen foliage will form a compacted small screen or hedge, best for small balconies, terraces, boundaries and hedges.

To buy the Scottis bamboo, check out the bamboo suppliers we listed here. Get your bamboo plants from the top UK Home and Garden retailers like Crocus and YouGarden.

Scottish Bamboo or Phyllostachys humilis is a small running bamboo UK

Phyllostachys humilis bamboo features

  • Name/s: Phyllostachys humilis, Scottish Bamboo.
  • Site: Grows well in full sun or partial shade.
  • Soil: Well-drained clay, sand or loam soil.
  • Uses: Privacy screen, pots and containers, grows well in confined spaces.
  • Winterhardiness: Hardy to – 25 degrees Celsius.
  • Height: small bamboo 3 – 5m.
  • Spread: 3m (behaves like clump-forming bamboo in cooler climates)
  • Foliage: Evergreen dense foliage
  • Culm colour: Bright green

Phyllostachys Humilis behaves like clump-forming bamboo

The Phyllostachys humilis is also called the Scottish Bamboo. At 5m, it is small compared to the other Phyllostachys bamboos.

An outstanding small bamboo plant, its green dense foliage starts from the ground up. The slender cluster of outer leaves can be pruned to give a compacted and impenetrable screen.

Although the Scottish Bamboo is a running bamboo, it behaves like clump-forming bamboo in a cooler temperate climate. 

Another running bamboo that behaves like a clump-former is the Black Bamboo Nigra

Scottish Bamboo Care

The Scottish Bamboo is a low-maintenance bamboo, the mature plants are undemanding.

This miniature running bamboo will thrive where there is well-drained loamy soil, high in moisture and nutrient contents. 

Like most bamboo plants in the UK, they do not grow well in compacted soil.

A hardy plant, the Scottish Bamboo can withstand temperatures of – 25 degrees Celsius, but lower temperatures can damage the new shoots and leaves.

Prune Scottish Bamboo hedge and screen

The leaves are rich green in direct sun but turn light green where there is less light. 

For the best result, grow then in areas where there is plenty of light or in part shade. They will struggle to grow where there is heavy shade.

The majority of the Phyllostachys bamboo plants are not tolerant to pruning because of the thinning of the leaves up the culms. 

However, the Phyllostachys Humilis Scottish Bamboo is one of the few bamboos that you can prune to give the best effect.

They are best for screens and garden hedges.

Propagate Scottish Bamboo

Although the Phyllostachys Humilis Scottish Bamboo is a low-maintenance plant, the new growth will require care and attention. 

Slugs can wipe off the fresh leaves in one visit if left unprotected.

If you are propagating bamboo either from the rhizome or culm cuttings or planting a recent purchase, protect the new growths by adding Slug and Snail Killer.

Squirrels are also a threat to the new bamboo shoots. [VIDEO]

Merit Award Winning Bamboo Plants UK

Like the Phyllostachys Humilis Scottish Bamboo, here are other award winners to check out: Merit Award Winners and Chinese Bamboo plants.

Scottish Bamboo or Phyllostachys humilis is a small running bamboo. Like Black bamboo, it behaves like clump-forming bamboo in cooler climates. 

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