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Cultural Details for Arundinaria gigantea

Common Name:
Giant Cane, River Cane, Canebrake

Growth Rate:
Long, stiff stalk, clumping tendencies

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:
Spreads agressively when established

Flower Details:
Rarely flowers

Fruit Details:
Rarely flowers - rarely bears fruit

Fall Color:
Stays green all year (though may bronze/brown in extreme cold winters)

Bark Details:
Culms smooth and green, with horizontal lines, to 1.5” diameter

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Resistant to most animals, and insects

Native Habitat:
Native to America, from the Gulf Coast north to New Jersey, Maryland, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Oklahoma

Other Features:

Culture and Care:
Prefers wet soil in full sun, pH adaptable; zone 6-10. Can become invasive (by spreadding rhizomes) if not properly managed.

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
Bed 178, Bed 217

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.