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Cultural Details for Arundo donax

Common Name:
Giant Reed; Spanish Cane

Growth Rate:

Average Mature Height:
up to 18ft

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
It is in flower in September, and the flowers are hermaphroditic and are pollinated by wind.

Fruit Details:
Seed rarely set in this climate. Seeds ripen in October after flowering.

Fall Color:

Bark Details:

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:

Native Habitat:

Other Features:
Basketry; Biomass; Broom; Dye; Hedge; Musical; Paper; Pipes; Plant support; Shelterbelt; Soil stabilization; Thatching; Weaving.

Culture and Care:
Does equally well in sandy, loamy, or clay soils.

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
Bed 170, Bed 171, Bed 207, Bed 208

    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.