Phyllostachys Bissetii Bamboo in a garden

Phyllostachys Bissetii

Phyllostachys Bissetii is named after David Bissett. You will fall in love with this cold-hardy bamboo that gracefully dances in windy or open places.

Quick Facts

  • Common name: Bissetii, David Bisset’s or Bisset Bamboo
  • Botanical name: Phyllostachys Bissetii
  • Type: Running bamboo
  • Average height: 30 ft, often only 20-24 ft
  • Average diameter: 1 inch
  • Hardiness: -10° F (-23 °C)
  • USDA zones: 6 to 10
  • UK Hardiness Zones: H7-H2
  • Light requirements: Partial to no shade, also full sun
  • Best use: Landscape, food, ornamental, and fences

Note: The height of this plant really varies by the sun and heat that it gets. Plants in zone 7 can get taller than 30 feet, while plants in zone 4 may only grow 8 feet.

USDA Zones 6-10 marked in green on a USA map
USDA Zones 6-10

What are the characteristics of Phyllostachys Bissetii?

This bamboo grows fast. Bissetii grows upright from 15 to 30 feet high. It can spread up to 24 inches. It sometimes tends to be leggy. This bamboo can tolerate a temperature of below -10° F.

Phyllostachys Bissetii shows a firm standing and towering structure. You will surely appreciate its thick and green upright canes. The fine touch makes it special compared to other garden plants with less polished leaves.

Bissetii is a herbaceous evergreen perennial. It can face intense environments. Make sure that there is nothing planted below. The sun will not be able to penetrate them. The life expectancy of this bamboo is roughly 20 years.

How to care for Phyllostachys Bissetii?

This bamboo survives in both full sun and even full shade but it chooses to grow in normal to moist conditions. It can be reproduced by division. There are readily available non-perishable root barrier that can be used to contain Bissettii.

It is slightly tolerant of metropolitan pollution. It is not picky when it comes to soil type or pH. It has a tough root system which makes it grow even in urban places.

The only problem is over or under watering. Phyllostachys Bissetii in containers must be regularly observed to ensure it won’t become too dry or waterlogged. The indication of inadequate watering is normally browning or loss of leaves. Just make sure it would not dry out.

How to grow Phyllostachys Bissetii in a container?

Most bamboo plants grow successfully in containers or pots. It may be more labor-intensive than growing in the ground because they require more watering. You may need to re-pot them when you think they are big enough.

You may fertilize your containerized bamboos regularly throughout its growing season. Undernourished bamboo will show signs of yellowing or pale green leaves. If this appears, adjust your watering routine. Wait for some signs of recovery.

What are Phyllostachys Bissetii benefits?

Bamboo offers a lot of benefits. Some are even unexpected. Check this out!

Privacy fencing

Almost everyone needs privacy in their garden. You may also want to maintain the looks of nature at the same time. This problem presents a great opportunity to make use of Bissetii as your living screen. Decorate your patio with its shiny dark green culms and leaves even in winter.

It is so strong and thick. It makes excellent privacy protection and a reliable windbreaker. Bisset’s Bamboo is an excellent choice for any type of garden. It is also a great pick for growing in outdoor containers. Its considerable size and upright growth habit make it a single accent.

Just make sure you take care of the spread if you choose to plant it in the ground.

Edible shoots

The bamboo shoots can protect yourself from the contagious flu. It has anti-inflammatory benefits. The potassium level of shoots is great for stroke prevention and kidney care. It also offers natural sterols that help maintain a healthy heart. It also helps you deal with constipation. Its shoots taste like sweet peas.

Make sure you prepare them correctly, though!

Learn more about edible bamboo shoots here!


The sound of the rustling leaves and canes create a pleasant ambiance that will relax your mind. Bamboos present a calming scene and transmit peace and tranquility.

Its lively green color is good for the eyesight. The green color is more suitable based on our retina, cerebral cortex, and nervous system. It has the ability to lessen strong lights compared to other colors.

Photo source: Filostachys [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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