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A very hardy species, it grows wild further north than any other bamboo, succeeding even in areas with heavy snow. It tolerates temperatures down to about -20°c. This species is notably resistant to honey fungus. Plants only flower at intervals of many years. When they do come into flower most of the plants energies are directed into producing seed and consequently the plant is severely weakened. They sometimes die after flowering, but if left alone they will usually recover though they will look very poorly for a few years. If fed with artificial NPK fertilizers at this time the plants are more likely to die. A polymorphic species. There is at least one named form, selected for its ornamental value.The rootstock can be rampant and invasive, it is said to hamper the regeneration of forests in its native habitat.
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