Moso in Spring

Overnight, purple and brown shoots have emerged through the fallen leaves.  Drops of  the mysterious, bamboo sap perch on red and yellow bristles.


moso in japan by jiro asano

Phyllostachys pubescens.

From: China

Under suitable climate conditions Moso can grow to heights of over 20m. coupled with a diameter of nearly 18 cm. Its growth was measured by Japan's "Bamboo Doctor", the late Professor Koichiro Ueda, at 120 cm a day. Shall I say that again? This rate of growth is unmatched among woody plants.

Moso is characterised by Its numerous, small leaves. When Moso is a seedling, its leaves are quite big, but as a mature plant the leaves are dainty.

The new culms are blue-green in colour and covered with soft down - where the Japanese 'Hairy Bamboo' comes from. I would translate into 'Downy Bamboo'. Neither sounds right.
Photos by by Jiro Asano, domosama
moso bamboo
Moso flourishes in moist, well drained soil. Its height will be considerably reduced under warm climate conditions or if it lacks nutritional elements.
Temperate conditions (minimum temperature 0 F, -18 C), assist in achieving its maximum growth potential

shootingThe first shoots of Spring
Bursting with special bamboo powers
Hey ho, Hey ho

Moso is the largest of all running bamboo yet has tiny leaves. Tens of thousands nod in the slightest breeze. Around Anji county in the Zhejiang province - China - hillsides are covered with velvet green Moso, feeding hundreds of small and not so small factories producing a huge range of useful products.

In Japan, Moso is considered by many as best eating bamboo.
the spirit of japan in a grove of moso
Small Moso is very slow to get going.
Really slow. Starting off with a bigger plant will get you there much faster.

Moso stock, minimum height 6 metres. Regular delivery vehicle can accomodate 11 metre plants. Contact us to discuss larger stock.

Smaller plants, contact us to ensure availability.