Red Margin Bamboo – Phyllostachys Rubromarginata

Quick Facts:

Type: Running

Scientific Name: Phyllostachys Rubromarginata

Average Height: 45 feet.

Average diameter: 2  inches

Zone: 5-10 (Hardy to -5 degrees Fahrenheit)

Light Requirements: Shade or Sun

Best Use: Privacy Screening, Fences, Timber, Edible Shoots, Windbreak

Note: The height of this plant really varies by the sun and heat that it gets.  Plants in warmer areas will grow taller tan plants in colder areas. With this being said, even in cold areas Red Margin has been known for growing over 30 feet.


Phyllostachys Rubromarginata or the Red Margin Bamboo is a highly sought after, cold tolerant, extremely fast growing, running species. It has gorgeous culms that are bright green in color  while the sheathes have red margins (hence the name). Because it’s cold tolerant it’s a favorite of those living in northern states who are looking for a fence or screen.  Red Margin also handles sea salt, and shade well which can make a great coastal variety. This is also a great plant for dry windy areas. Overall, a really diverse bamboo species great for so many areas!

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