The real thing!.....OK, let me explain...
This bamboo species name has been circulating in South Florida for many years. Whenever we heard that someone was growing it, we investigated and discovered it was really Dendrocalamus validus.
In 2013, I finally imported the true species from China (Hua'an). It was delayed in USDA quarantine but was released to us in March/2015.
The species grows at least 50' tall. The new shots are mostly green, unlike the bright red/orange shoots of D.validus.
May be cold-hardy to 27 degrees F. Min USDA zone: 9b. Click here to find zone.