This fast growing bamboo has a beautiful green culm that can get 4″ in diameter. It has an open growth structure and loves water. The problem I have with it is that it will freeze and then it’s a mess to clean up. It also is not a good bamboo for building because it has a high starch content. It has a nice open structure so it can be pruned to be more of a screen then a barrier and is quite hard to kill even after if freezes. I had mine freeze to the ground three years in a row and still grow to 25′ the next season so that is saying something. I have not had that experience with any other bamboo. Vulgaris is fun because it grows quite easily. If you take a mature culm and lay it in the ground during the rainy season it is quite easy to propagate. It has often been considered a weedy bamboo but I like it’s chunkiness and pretty green color.