Used for the timber as well as its ornamental appeal Gigantochloa apus or ‘Tabashir bamboo’ is also sought after for its medicinal qualities.
This is a clumping bamboo that grows well in tropical to sub tropical climates. The timber is used for making furniture and is found in the frames of all Rattan Furniture.
Tall growing to between 15 and 20 metres in height with culms to around 10cm in diameter it is also valued for building as the culm walls can be 2 – 3 cm thick.
It is regarded as hardy down to around -3C however it does perform best in warmer climates.
Gigantochloa apus Uses
- It is most well known for the resin which is obtained from the sap. The sap is high in silicon and is said to good for hair and nail growth.
- Used widely for erosion control, shade and barrier fencing this is a versatile bamboo.
- The new peeling culms are attractive and its dense foliage means that Tabashir bamboo also acts as a great screening plant.
- This is a bamboo that grow well in most well drained soils including sandy, loamy and even clay soils.
- It is best suited to an open sunny position although it will grow in part shade.
- A moist soil provides the best results.
- Young shoots can be harvests and used in cooking.
- Timber can be harvested after 12 month however often left for three years.