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Bambusa oldhamii - Munro.
                 
Common Name Ryoku-Chiku, Giant Timber Bamboo, Oldham's Bamboo
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness 9-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Plains[ 266 ]
Range E. Asia - China, Taiwan.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Half Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary
Bambusa oldhamii, otherwise known as Ryoku-Chiku, Giant Timber Bamboo or Oldham’s Bamboo, is a bamboo species found in Australia, China, Japan, Taiwan and USA. It grows up to 18 m tall with straight and upright culms. The shoots are edible.

Bambusa oldhamii Ryoku-Chiku, Giant Timber Bamboo, Oldham


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Bambusa oldhamii Ryoku-Chiku, Giant Timber Bamboo, Oldham
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Physical Characteristics
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Bambusa oldhamii is an evergreen Bamboo growing to 6 m (19ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Jul to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Wind.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Stem.
Edible Uses:

Young shoots - cooked[183, 195].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
Wood.

The cane walls are thick but rather soft. The canes are used as a source of pulp[195].
Cultivation details
Requires a humus rich soil in full sun or dappled shade in warm humid conditions[ 200 ]. Bamboos have an interesting method of growth. Each plant produces a number of new stems annually - these stems grow to their maximum height in their first year of growth, subsequent growth in the stem being limited to the production of new side branches and leaves. In the case of some mature tropical species the new stem could be as much as 30 metres tall, with daily increases in height of 30cm or more during their peak growth time. This makes them some of the fastest-growing species in the world[ K ]. This species is notably resistant to honey fungus[ 200 ]. Bamboos in general are usually monocarpic, living for many years before flowering, then flowering and seeding profusely for a period of 1 - 3 years before usually dying. Found In: Australia, China, Japan, Taiwan, USA.
Propagation
Seed - surface sow as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse at about 20°c. Do not allow the compost to dry out. Germination usually takes place fairly quickly so long as the seed is of good quality, though it can take 3 - 6 months. Grow on in a lightly shaded place in the greenhouse until large enough to plant out. Seed is rarely available. Division in spring as new growth commences. Take divisions with at least three canes in the clump, trying to cause as little root disturbance to the main plant as possible. Grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse in pots of a high fertility sandy medium. Mist the foliage regularly until plants are established. Plant them out into their permanent positions when a good root system has developed, which can take a year or more[200].
Other Names
Bambusa oldhamii, otherwise known as Ryoku-Chiku, Giant Timber Bamboo or OldhamÕs Bamboo. Other Names: Lu zhu, Lu-chu, Ryoku-chiku.
Found In
Australia, China, Japan, Taiwan and USA.
Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

None Known
Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed.
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Bambusa bambosGiant Thorny Bamboo33
Bambusa multiplexHedge Bamboo, Chinese Goddess Bamboo20
Bambusa nutansNodding Bamboo, Mai bong20
Bambusa odashimaeOdashimae Bamboo40
Bambusa polymorphaBurmese bamboo, Jama Betua20
Bambusa vulgarisCommon Bamboo32
Chimonobambusa marmoreaKan-Chiku10
Chimonobambusa pachystachysThorny Bamboo10
Chimonobambusa purpurea 10
Chimonobambusa quadrangularisSquare Bamboo20
Chimonobambusa szechuanensis 10
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Expert comment
 
Author
Munro.
Botanical References
200266
Links / References
For a list of references used on this page please go here
A special thanks to Ken Fern for some of the information used on this page.
Readers comment
 
Elizabeth H.
Eduardo Duarte Fri Jun 20 2008
bambusa oldhamii I need find seeds
Elizabeth H.
Michael (SW Ireland) Wed Apr 22 2009
Does anyone know of a source for Bambusa oldhamii within the EU? The Bambouseraie Prafrance have them, but will not sell retail. I would be happy with a piece of rhizome.
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