Zone 6 hardy bamboo plants are the bamboo plants that can handle temps down to -5 or-10 degrees f. There are many and I will only speak on zone 6 hardy bamboo plants that I grow with success. There are some that just don’t do well for me like Moso it is supposed to be hardy enough for this zone but, I don’t seem to have much luck with it. With that being said I also grow some others that are struggling to stay alive too. Without having too much luck I am growing a few that will probably not make it unless I move them into the greenhouse. Oh well you win some you lose some when you push your luck. Most of them were doing well until last year when we got hit with extreme temps. Now they are not doing well. Anyway the list of bamboo that do well is long. I will go from most hardy to least hardy.
Zone 6 Hardy Bamboo Plants Native Bamboo
1. Arundinaria Gigantea although this grove was crushed by a falling tree it will slowly start to recover this year. It is a slow spreader and does well in wetter areas. Hardy to -20 degrees f. Arundinaria Gigantea is actually native to this area. And mine came from a grove several decades old. In fact Arundinaria Gigantea is the only bamboo that grows wild in the United
Other Zone 6 Hardy Bamboo Plants That Will Do Well Here
2. Phyllostachys Aureosulcata Or Yellow Groove is hardy to -15 degrees f. And this one is the old faithful of all my bamboo. I have seen this bamboo lose its leaves and they came back. I have seen them frozen to the ground several time and they popped right back up. All in all the best most reliable bamboo I grow.
3. Phyllostachys Aureosulcata Spectabilis is reported to be hardy to -15 degrees f. But I feel that it is not that hardy because it loses its leaves way before yellow groove will. Maybe its just because mine is still fairly young.
4. Phyllostachys Aureosulcata Aureocaulis is hardy to -15 degrees f. All yellow cane or culms with an faint green stripe on few of the culms. Fairly wind tolerant after it gets well established. But it needs the other canes around it to protect it from cold winter winds.
5. Phyllostachys Bissettii hardy to -15 degrees f. it is one of the hardiest in my opinion. Because it suffer much less leaf damage than all the other bamboo hardy to -15 degrees f. Beautiful dark green leaves with powdery white culms. Heavy shoot production. Will form a privacy screen fast.
6. Phyllostachys Atrovaginata hardy to -15 degrees f. It does well in cold winter winds but it can only take so much. So it does lose its leaves sometimes. But is very hardy for this area.
7. Phyllostachys Rubromarginata is only hardy to -5 degrees f. and will have some leaf damage when extreme temps are here. But for the most part Rubro is fairly wind tolerant. Very smooth culms(canes) this bamboo is great for product building materials.
8. Phyllostachys Vivax Aureocaulis hardy to -5 degrees f. This bamboo usually suffers damage from ice and snow because the culms are thin walled and can’t take much weight on them before they break. But it certainly is a beautiful bamboo once established. Sizes up fairly well with mild winters.
9. Phyllostachys Nigra or Black bamboo is hardy to 0 degrees f. Which is not very good for my zone 6 but with protection it will do fine. Until it gets established it is pretty tender. It takes a few years of mild temps to really get this bamboo going.
10. Pseudosasa Japonica is hardy to 0 degrees f. and most years loses its leaves in the winter. Only to come back strong and look great once again.
I have many more and will be updating this list from time to time so come back and see my updates.