fast growing, winter hardy bamboo: Renewable resource

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  1. runninfarmer

    runninfarmer Member

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    Fort Dodge, Iowa
    I'm looking at researching bamboo as a possible renewable resource because of its ability to grow and spread so fast. I was wondering what would be the best bamboo that could produce the most biomass in 3-5 years. I'm from Iowa so it would have to be cold hardy from -10 to -15 degrees F. I'd like a large bamboo that would grow rather fast in the first 2-3 years, if possible. I'd appreciate any and all help becasue I really don't know anything about bamboo and its differnet species.

    Thanks again!
  2. woodschmoe

    woodschmoe Active Member 10 Years

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    gulf island, bc, canada
    I'd suggest visiting the American Bamboo Society website:

    Go to the "species source list", and you'll find an alphabetical listing of species, their cold hardiness, and links to growers. Don't know about hardiness in the low range you describe: the selection will be limited. phyllostachys bisetii, phyllostachys propinqua 'Beijing' and phyllostachys nuda come to mind.

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