Moso Bamboo (Phyllostachys pubescens) is a winter hardy giant bamboo. In spring, when new culms shoot, you can see how fast the Moso bamboo will grow, adult plants may grow around 18 inches a day. Phyllostachys pubescens is originated in China (region Hainan) and will be 50 - 75 feet tall with culms about 3 - 5 inches thick.
Moso is the largest temperate bamboo. Its cane sheath is very dark, spotted and hairy and easy to recognize. Extremely large culms and tiny delicate leaves make this one highly collectable. Young shoots are edible.
New shoots emerge very early making this species difficult to grow up north. New shoots are very susceptible to frost damage. Recommended is this species for USDA Climate Zones 7 and warmer. Moso is being grown in climate zone 6 with good results, but it never reaches large sizes. Expect 1/2 or less of the mature listed sizes in climate zones 6. Moso will not survive in zones 5.