Oldhamii is one of the best multi-use acreage bamboo species. Fantastic for screening, as a windbreak and noise barrier, has edible shoots (its common name is Sweet Shoot Bamboo!) Oldhamii is also useful as poles for construction. Oldhamii is a large bamboo, so is suitable for large blocks or acreage properties.
It has an upright growth habit (most bamboo fan out wide) with green foliage. The natural footprint size of the clump is 2-3mtrs however this species could be grown in narrower garden beds down to 1.5mtrs, but wouldn't quite get as tall. Oldhamii is extremely fast growing, low maintenance and drought and frost tolerant.
For these reasons it is a well loved species for farms or acreage. It can act as shade for cattle, grown for the natural bamboo mulch production, useable poles and of course the edible shoots.
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