Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants

River Cane, Giant Cane

River Cane, Giant Cane

Arundinaria gigantean

Full sun to part shade, wet to medium moisture level, tolerant of a wide range of soils including clay, strongly acid to neutral pH.  3-25 feet height (up to 30 ft.), blooms in late winter to spring (but blooming is very rare), dark green flowers, spreads rapidly by rhizomes.

Germination Code:  ?

Native Region:  Statewide

This native bamboo provides an evergreen screen and is a good native alternative to the aggressive exotic bamboo.  Forms open-to-dense colonies.  ‘Tecta’ is a shorter form, seldom seen growing much over 20 feet.  Host plant for several uncommon butterflies (pearly eyes and skippers).

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