Phyllostachys praecox is a running timber bamboo that originated from the Zhejiang Province of China. This bamboo can reach over feet in height, although in our coastal area, it will probably reach only 15 to 20 feet high and 1 to 2 inches in diameter. The stems are green with short intermodal growth. This bamboo shoots early in the spring. The large fresh shoots are great for eating and are the spring vegetable in many parts of China. Praecox prefers to grow in full sun and produces the most shoots when planted in a topsoil/compost blend with room to spread.