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Monday Melange: Giant Cane Bamboo Print E-mail
Written by Heleigh Bostwick    Monday, 26 September 2016
Giant cane bamboo

Giant cane bamboo (Arundinaria gigantea), is an ornamental grass and the only bamboo native to the southeastern US, ranging from New York south to Florida and across to Texas and southern Indiana and Illinois. Growing between USDA plant zones 6 and 10, it thrives in full sunlight on moister soils at elevations between sea level and 2000 feet. Its native habitat includes bottomlands, riverbanks, and swampy low-lying areas.

Also known as switch cane, canebreak, giant cane, like all bamboos, is a member of the Grass plant family (Poaceae). It is smaller than the more popular exotic bamboos yellow groove, growing to a height of 5 to 15 feet (or as high as 25 feet in zones 8 to 10). Giant cane rarely flowers and is used ornamentally for its foliage. Use it for winter interest, informal screening, hedges, or around the patio for that tropical feeling that bamboo evokes. It is considered an evergreen plant, but will die back in colder climates.

Giant cane is classified as a running bamboo, which means it sends out runners, but is nowhere as aggressive as the non-native bamboos and is not classified as invasive. It will however, form large colonies or stands of bamboo called canebreaks. If naturalization is not desired, then it should be contained using soil barriers or planted in large containers that can be sunken into the ground if desired.

Photo source: www.needmorebamboo.com