Vivax Bamboo will get very large very quickly. So if you're looking for big bamboo fast, this is the bamboo for you. Vivax is a very cold hardy giant bamboo similar in appearance to Japanese Timber Bamboo. Vivax has very large leaves with deep green colors. The culm (cane) sheaths are creamy buff color with brown spotting. Canes are typically 5-6 inches in width when mature.

John Derrick
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Giant Vivax Bamboo, Running Bamboo (Phyllostachys Vivax) Image

Phyllostachys Vivax 'Aureocaulis' which is similar to Vivax has canes that are bright yellow with random green stripes (second photo). This is a rare species and is truly a sight to behold.

Additional Classification Data

Family: Poaceae
Genus: Phyllostachys
Species: Vivax
Cultivar: None Identified

Hardiness Zones

USDA Zone 6a: to -10 °F

USDA Zone 6b: to -5 °F

USDA Zone 7a: to 0 °F

USDA Zone 7b: to 5 °F

USDA Zone 8a: to 10 °F

USDA Zone 8b: to 15 °F

USDA Zone 9a: to 20 °F

USDA Zone 9b: to 25 °F

Plant Height

Height >30 ft.

Light Exposure

Light - Full Sun

Light - 10% to 40% Shade

Growth Rate

Rate - Very Fast

Rate - Fast

Published/Updated on: 01-20-2021