This section highlights some of our favorite bamboo plant species. Many of them
are our top sellers and we felt, by listing them, it could simplify the
selection process for many who are new to bamboo. The Search Bamboo
section will also be helpful to filter through the many choices in our
complete inventory of bamboos.
A stunning, mystical bamboo. Thin-walled culms are covered with persistent, dense white bloom, giving them a pale blue appearance. Slightly open clumper that will grow to at least 30' tall with 2" dia. culms. This rare Chinese import cleared U.S.D.A. quarantine in the 1990's. Also called Emperor's Blue Bamboo & White Bamboo.
Min. temp 21°F. Min USDA zone: 8b/9a. Click to find your zone.
Relatively small, upright bamboo, comparable to the smaller B.textilis cultivars. We have been test-growing this bamboo for several years and the projected maximum height is around 20'.
At first glance, it appears to be a type of B.textilis until you step back and notice the overall height is not as tall as expected. The culms are noticeably thicker with shorter internodes than a textilis at the same height. The culms are more compact, or contracted, hence the species name. When several are planted in a row, this species makes an excellent privacy screen. Spacing can be between 3'-5' apart, depending on the density wanted.
Min USDA zone: 9a. Click to find your zone.
Bambusa emeiensis 'Viridiflavus' - Yin Yang Bamboo
Another new introduction, thus rare.
Tight clump - green culms extremely erect with yellow stripes alternating 180° on each internode. Very unusual striping pattern. A magnificent landscape specimen - will become a popular ornamental as production increases. Introduced as Neosinocalamus affinis cv. Viridiflavus
Will grow to 35' with 2.5" dia. culms. Min. temp 24°F. Min USDA zone 9a. Click to find your zone.
Bambusa eutuldoides 'Viridivittata' - Asian Lemon Bamboo
Imported from China where it was highly coveted as an ornamental. Beautiful colors, frost tolerant. New yellow culms have pink and peach tones with green stripes. Established culms are yellow with green stripes. Can be planted in a row on 3' centers and trimmed into a stunning hedge.
Will grow to 25' with 1" dia. culms. Min. temp 21°F.
Min USDA zone: 8b. Click to find your zone.
Very dense and bushy. Perfect for creating a dense hedge, ideally trimmed up to 8' in height. It can easitly be kept to a lower height by trimming the tops. Untrimmed, it should reach 15'-18' tall. Creates a fantastic hedge to block out the neighbors or unsightly fence! Also works well in containers, as a patio plant. This bamboo has become a high-demand hedge plant in Australia. We expect the same in the sub-tropical areas of the USA.
Its native habitat is lowland valleys of Guangxi province southern China. These are set amongst Karst Mountains with deep gorges.
Min. temp reports vary, most between 24-28°F. Min USDA zone: 9a. Click to find your zone.
A beautiful collector's bamboo. Culms emerge green and mature to a shiny black (almost purplish tint). Grows erect and arches at the top. Versatile in the landscape. Can be planted either as a specimen/focal point, in a row along a path/road/stream, or among other tropical foliage. From the Indonesian island of Timor.
Slightly open clumper. 35'-45' tall with up to 3" dia. culms. Min. temp 27°F. Min USDA zone 9b. Click to find your zone.
The culms are straight and form tight, dense clumps. This is a medium
sized bamboo that grows quickly to create a nice screen. Small leaves and thick-walled culms help make it one of the most storm tolerant of the tropical bamboos. Some claim that it's more salt tolerant than most bamboos - it certainly is the best choice if exposed to coastal winds.
35' tall and 2" dia. culms. Min. temp 20°F. Min USDA zone 9a. Click to find your zone.
The culms are straight and erect with relatively short branches forming fairly open clumps. A well-known, classic tropical bamboo. Can be found throughout the Disney parks.
In Florida, there are no low branches. In California, the species branches almost to the ground. Culm walls are thick, but soft. Shoots are edible but grown mostly as an ornamental. A shorter variety of B.oldhamii is available that is grown primarily for edible shoots (see listing below). Up to 55' tall and 4" dia. culms. Min. temp 24°F. Min USDA zone: 9a. Click to find your zone.
Bambusa vulgaris 'Vittata' - Golden Hawaiian Bamboo
Very popular and recognizable. The most common ornamental bamboo found in Hawaii. Golden yellow culms with green vertical stripes that look like drip marks.
This species has been in the continental U.S. for more than a decade and propagates relatively easily.
Will grow to 50' with 4" dia. culms. Min. temp 27°F. MIn USDA zone: 9b. Click to find your zone.
Bambusa vulgaris 'Wamin Striata' - Striped Buddha Belly Bamboo
A striated (and more rare) version of the popular Wamin Bamboo. The culms are a pale green color with irregular dark-green vertical stripes. The swollen internodes and overall form is the same as the standard Wamin.
12' - 15' with up to 3" dia. culms. Min. temp 27°F. MIn USDA zone: 9b. Click to find your zone.