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Bamboo ID

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Hi,
Three years ago I got bamboo seeds online. Now, three years later, I’m pretty sure I did’nt get what I ordered for so I’m turning to you guys for help to identify the bamboo.
It grows like a clumper with very tight clump. Has hairy culms with occasional spotted culmsheets.

I have narrow it down to two possible candidates since it show characteristics that appear only in both these bamboos. Phyllostachys edulis or Phyllostachys kwangsiensis.

Kwangsiensis is a bit hardier then the moso so it means a big deal for me here in our Swedish climate with an yearly average temp of 7.3 degrees celcius. Yearly lowest temp: ~17 C and highest ~ 30 C. I believe our zone could be compared to US Zone 5b-6?!

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Greetings, it's hard for me to say what you have, I think it most likely that it is Phy edulis, but in either case I think that the hardiness is quite similar between your 2 possible species based on my experience growing them both in USDA zone 5b/6a - most winters both would die fully back at my place, only in mild winters would either of them retain above ground foliage.
Brad Salmon, zone 12B Kea'au, HI
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Thanks for your answere!
I’ve been searching a lot to just get some clarification about what it is that differe between moso and kwangsiensis but it seems to be very little information about it!?
I do appreciate what you think it is considering you have even tried them out yourself!👍😊

Last year I put one of my seedlings in the ground not expecting much of it but to my surprise it survived the harsh winter (hard bare frost)!
So, I will let it grow and see what will happen with it👍

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Per
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I am amazed how difficult there is to find relevant info about the identification of bamboos in general,especially what the difference is between moso and kwangsiensis!
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Especially tough in the juvenile phase!
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