This section lists the tropical bamboo plant varieties we have in production. They
are all tropical, or sub-tropical, clumping bamboos and are generally not
cold-hardy like the temperate, running bamboos. Some, the sub-tropicals, can
tolerate freezing temperatures for short periods. Check the minimum
temperatures listed on each species description as a guideline for which
species can grow unprotected in your area.
Use our Search Bamboo page to find something specific.
Limestone cliff bamboo from southern Thailand, culms arching, leaves small, grows well in normal garden soil.
This is a delicate, smaller bamboo with tiny leaves. It shouldn't exceed 10'-13' tall and will work well in containers or small spaces. It is related to Dendrocalamus elegans but differs in that the culms are not silver/grey and it grows to a slightly smaller mature size. The culms are mostly green with occasional black vertical marks. A beautiful ornamental bamboo.
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From Thailand, Malaysia, & Langkawi Island. Grows on limestone hills and cliffs - should perform well in the alkaline soil of South Florida.
This cultivar was isolated amongst seedlings by Dieter Ohrnberger (author, The Bamboos of the World) in Chiang Mai, Thailand. We transported a propagule to Kunming, China in the summer of 2012 where it was shipped to USDA quarantine. Has been test-growing at Tropical Bamboo Nursery with wonderful results.
This is a delicate, smaller bamboo with small leaves. It shouldn't exceed 15' tall and will work well in containers or small spaces. The thin culms are silver/grey and the thin, feathery foliage cascades beautifully. Click to find your zone.
Dendrocalamus farinosus grows on the border of Yunnan, Guizhou and Sichuan and is introduced in Guangxi, Guangdong and Fujian, tolerant of a temperature of 22 degrees F.
The culm timber is used for paper-making, weaving, farm tools and trellis. The bamboo clumps are beautiful and ornamental. Shoots are edible. New import. . Click to find your zone.
From the NW of Yunnan, China.
A timber bamboo (65' tall, 6" dia. culms) that should handle cooler temperatures based on the region of China where it was collected. The question is whether it will adapt to the hot, humid South Florida summers. It seems happy here after one full year. New import. Available now in limited quantities but there is still too much data to collect before we can predict its performance in specific areas. . Click to find your zone.
Used as ornamental plant; culms for construction, also promoted for pulp production. Distributed in southern China, possibly only known in cultivation. Called "Large-leaved Dra;n Bamboo" in China
Will grow to at least 50' tall with 3" - 4" diameter culms. New import.. Click to find your zone.
This cultivar of Dendrocalamus giganteus has been in Florida for more than 2 decades. It is beautiful but is not as vigorous nor does it mature as large as the Quail Clone. The new shoots easily distinguish it as they are reddish/brown rather than the steel-bluish of the Quail Clone.
There is demand for a slightly smaller giganteus so we're once again propagating the Florida Clone.
Will reach 70' tall with 6" diameter culms. Click to find your zone.
A native of Burma. One of the largest bamboos in the world. Leaves can be up to 20 inches long and 4 inches wide. We are now propagating the superior clone that was once on display at Quail Botanical Gardens, San Diego (now renamed San Diego Botanic Garden).
Will grow to 100' tall with 8" diameter culms in Florida.
Min USDA zone: 9b. Click to find your zone.
Mostly identical to D.giganteus but with occasional variegated leaves. The leaf variegation is random and appears on a small percentage of the leaves - then disappears with age. The most distict feature of this clone is that it often produces contorted, tortoise-shell culms. This mutation also means the size at maturity is much smaller than the standard form of D.giganteus. Will grow to 30' tall with 3" dia. culms. Min USDA zone: 9b. Click to find your zone.
Medium green culms with silky texture. Leaves feel almost plastic and are slightly glossy. A large timber bamboo that produces highly ornamental, edible shoots.
Will grow to 60' tall with 4" diameter culms in Florida. Minimum temp 27 degrees F. Min USDA zone: 9b. Click to find your zone.
Known in the US as the 'Laos seedlings'. Culm tops drooping, pruinose (white powder). Single main branches. Used for construction.
Similar to D. hamiltonii, but with fimbriate culm sheath ligule. Will grow to 50' with 4" diameter culms in Florida. Minimum temp 27 degrees F. Min USDA zone: 9b. Click to find your zone.
The standard, majestic, all green form of D.latifloris. A timber bamboo from southern China. Large, dark green leaves are 10 to 16 inches long and 3 to 4 inches wide. Outstanding quality large, edible shoots.
Some specimens of this species are occasionally found, worldwide, to be infected with the Bamboo Mosaic Potex Virus. We propagate only from lab-tested, virus-free stock.
60' and 4" dia. culms in FL. Min. temp. 27 °F. Min USDA zone: 9b. Click to find your zone.
One of the most beautiful of the timber bamboos - that's the ;od news. The bad news is that it is a carrier of BaMV (Bamboo Mosaic Potex Virus) (click for details). We are listing it here mostly for information. Generally, a verbal discussion with us (educational) is requested before the sale of propagules.
Dark green stripes on the yellow green culm and a few yellow stripes on the leaves. Will reach 70' tall with 6" diameter culms in Florida. Min temp 27 F. Min USDA zone: 9b. Click to find your zone.
Obtained in a trade with a bamboo enthusiast in Taiwan. Three large offsets were sent to USDA quarantine and one survived.
It is an extremely rare, bizarre looking, tropical bamboo. It bellies like Bambusa vulgaris Wamin (Buddha's Belly), however as it's a mutation of Dendrocalamus latiflorus, it is massive. To be test-grown and propagated, beginning in 2019. UPDATE: We now have very limited 3 gallon stock available for sale. They will be sold to those who have placed backorder requests and the rest on a first come first served basis
30' and 4" dia. culms in FL. Min. temp. 27 °F. Min USDA zone: 9b. Click to find your zone.