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         Phyllostachys bambusoides

Other names:  "Japanese Timber Bamboo" or "Madake" (苦竹)

Statistics:  Height:  20-60 feet   Diameter:  2-4 inches

Madake is the bamboo of choice for weavers in Japan.  It is unparalleled for its suppleness and smoothness.  The ribbon-like strips made of Madake resemble the plastic lanyards we played with as children.  Hand tools are easy to use with Madake for crafts of all sorts.  Madake, like Henon, has a culm wall of moderate thickness which allows it to bend easily.  It rarely breaks under the weight of snow and ice.  The leaves of Madake are medium-sized and a mid-tone green.  The culms are a nice mellow green color and very smooth.  Madake is a fast grower.  The shoots are good eating when small.  Overall it is an excellent bamboo and, along with Castillon, is the bamboo of choice for tall indoor installations.  The shoots emerge in late May or June.


The culm sheaths of the new shoots have a hint of pink in the background.

A new culm next to an old one.

A small stand of Phyllostachys bambusoides next next to a house.

A thick and messy screen of bambusoides before thinning.

A post-cleaning shot of the same screen of bambusoides

A huge rhizome of bambusoides in an old forest in Japan.

The inside of a wild bamboo thicket.

Stranger things have been seen, but this is pretty wild--bambusoides both hedged and let to grow tall.  Interesting effect...only in Portland!

This bambusoides is about 60 feet tall in rural Tokyo, Japan.

A hillside of wild Madake behind a beautiful house in Ibaragi, Japan.  I bet they get plenty of bamboo shoots in the springtime!
   


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