Phyllostachys bissetii bamboo is a vigorously growing species whose culms are somewhat darker green than "Golden Bamboo." It is one of the first species of the genus to shoot in spring. Shoots are edible. Used for tools and handicrafts; its splits are good for weaving. Introduced in 1941 from Chengdu, China by David Bisset who was Superintendent of the Barbour Lathrop Bamboo Garden at Savannah, Georgia for many years.